Friday, March 11, 2016

Who is Required to Observe Ta'anit Esther

Who is Required to Observe Ta'anit Esther
Day: Friday
Date: March 11, 2016
Parshat: Pekudei
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 686

Pregnant women who are past their first trimester and nursing women are not required to fast Taanit Esther. A pregnant woman who is still within her first three months may eat if she feels weak or is sick. She should not try to be strict on herself in that scenario, if she does not feel one hundred percent she should eat. If she is no longer nursing she is also not required to observe this fast within two years of giving birth if she feels weak. A woman who Gd forbid miscarried does not have to fast within thirty days. If she feels weak, she also does not need to fast within two years. A person who is sick, weak, or elderly, even if he is not in any danger, is exempt from this fast. Everyone else, men and women, are required to fast and do not have a right to separate themselves from the general public by not fasting. 

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