Jewish Content   Holidays   Shabbat   Chabad-houses   Chassidism   Subscribe   Calendar   Links B"H

High-Holidays   |   Chanukah   |   Purim   |   Passover   |   Shavuot

Purim   |   Other Dates in Adar   |   The 4 Parshos   |   Purim-Guide Map

The Leap Year

7th of Adar

Purim Kattan

The Fast of Esther

 Transforming the Persian Capital Parshas Shekolim

13th of Adar - Fast of Esther


Why is the fast on the day before Purim called Ta'anit Esther -- the Fast of Esther? (The three-day fast which Mordechai proclaimed upon the request of Esther took place during Pesach.)


Though Achashveirosh originally agreed to Haman's plan to kill all the Jews on the 13th of Adar, he later instructed the Jews to defend themselves against the Persian armies. According to halacha, people defending themselves against enemies are forbidden to fast, so as not to weaken their strength. (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 571:3)

Consequently, on the 13th of Adar it was forbidden for any Jew to fast. Esther lived in the King's palace, and thus did not fear the armies. Hence, she was the only person able to fast while the Jewish people defended themselves against the Persians. Therefore, the day is known as Ta'anit Esther.

 Transforming the Persian Capital Parshas Shekolim

  • Daily Lessons
  • Weekly Texts & Audio
  • Candle-Lighting times

    613 Commandments
  • 248 Positive
  • 365 Negative

  • iPhone
  • Java Phones
  • BlackBerry
  • Moshiach
  • Resurrection
  • For children - part 1
  • For children - part 2

  • Jewish Women
  • Holiday guides
  • About Holidays
  • The Hebrew Alphabet
  • Hebrew/English Calendar
  • Glossary

  • by SIE
  • About
  • Chabad
  • The Baal Shem Tov
  • The Alter Rebbe
  • The Rebbe Maharash
  • The Previous Rebbe
  • The Rebbe
  • Mitzvah Campaign

    Children's Corner
  • Rabbi Riddle
  • Rebbetzin Riddle
  • Tzivos Hashem

  • © Copyright 1988-2009
    All Rights Reserved
    Jewish Content