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Ta'anit Esther - Fast of Esther

Erev Purim, Adar 13, is a fast day known as the "Fast of Esther"

The fast begins at alot hashachar - the break of dawn - and one must fast till after Ma'ariv and the reading of the Megillah is completed.

Before Minchah it is customary to commemorate the half-shekel that was given during the month of Adar when the Beit Hamikdash was standing. Since the word "terumah" - "offering" - is mentioned three times in the Biblical portion (Shemot 30:11-16) which discusses the half-shekel, we give three coins which are half the local currency (e.g. three half-dollars in the U.S.).

The half-shekel should not be from one's ma'aseir funds.

There are various opinions as to at what age the obligation begins to give a half-shekel. The Chabad custom is to give for every member of the family regardless of age.

When Purim falls on Sunday, the fast and the giving of the half-shekel takes place on the preceding Thursday.

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