Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fasting on Shabbat for a Bad Dream

Fasting on Shabbat for a Bad Dream

Day: Wednesday
Date: October 18, 2017
Parashat: Noah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 220

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Generally, when accepting a personal fast upon oneself, if the fast is not accepted the previous day, it is not considered a fast. However, one who is fasting for a dream should do so that day and not push it off. One who dreamt that he dropped Tefillin or a Sefer Torah does not need to fast. One had a bad dream on Friday night should ideally not fast on Shabbat. Instead he should spend the day reading Tehillim and studying Torah as diligently as he can. It is also proper to refrain form any idle conversation. However if he is extremely uneasy to the point that he is sufffering from the dream, he may fast even though it is Shabbat. He should spend the day studying Torah as much as he can. He also must fast one additional day during the week to repent for the sin of not enjoying Shabbat. One who dreamt that in heaven they are commanding him to fast on Shabbat should not do so. Likewise, if he dreamt that heaven wanted him to commit even the smallest, most trivial transgression, he may not do so. Along the same lines, one who dreamt anything about monetary halachot should ignore it since dreams are generally meaningless.

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