Fast of the Firstborn (Hebrew: תענית בכורות, Ta'anit B'khorot or תענית בכורים, Ta'anit B'khorim); is a unique fast day in Judaism which usually falls on the day before Passover. Usually, the fast is broken at a siyum celebration (typically made at the conclusion of the morning services), which, according to prevailing custom, creates an atmosphere of rejoicing that overrides the requirement to continue the fast. Unlike most Jewish fast days, only firstborns are required to fast on the Fast of the Firstborn.

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List of Dates

Ta'anit Bechorot begins in the Diaspora on:

Torah Reading

Torah Portion: Exodus 32:11 - 34:10

1: Exodus 32:11-14 (4 p'sukim)
2: Exodus 34:1-3 (3 p'sukim)
3: Exodus 34:4-10 (7 p'sukim)

References

The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld
Hebrew - English Bible
Mechon Mamre
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures
Jewish Publication Society
"Fast of the Firstborn" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
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