The Fast of Esther (Ta'anit Ester, Hebrew: תַּעֲנִית אֶסְתֵּר) is a Jewish fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim. If the date of the Fast of Esther falls on Shabbat (Saturday), the fast is instead observed on the preceding Thursday. Like other minor fasts, Ta'anit Esther begins at dawn (first light) and ends at nightfall (full dark).

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List of Dates

Ta'anit Esther 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
Sefaria Tanach
Sefaria.org
Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures
Jewish Publication Society
"Fast of Esther" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia
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