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Broken Fast – This morning I forgot that it was a fast day (17 Tammuz) and drank a glass of water. Is there any point continuing to fast, or can I just eat at this point? Also, is there any way to make… More »
Easy Fast – Every year as Yom Kippur approaches, I get into an anxiety mode. I have a really hard time fasting without food or water for an entire day. I try to eat a huge meal right before the fast, but it… More »
Few in Number – Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can change in just one minute! To download the MP3 file to your computer, "right click" on the link and select "save target as." IAM_vetchanan_Shraga_2003.mp3 More »
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Yom Kippur

Dizzy & Sick From Fasting – It’s almost impossible for me to survive fast days. I get dizzy, sweaty, and nauseous to the point of throwing up. And I’m sick for two days after. I certainly wouldn’t be able to go to synagogue this Yom Kippur… More »
Eating on Yom Kippur? – It has come to that time of year again when my family argues over whether my 81-year-old grandfather should fast on Yom Kippur. This year, however, the situation is slightly different, since less than a year ago he was in… More »
Few in Number – Rabbi Shraga Simmons shares an inspiring insight from the weekly Torah portion. Your life can change in just one minute! To download the MP3 file to your computer, "right click" on the link and select "save target as." IAM_vetchanan_Shraga_2003.mp3 More »
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Minor Fasts

Brushing Teeth on Minor Fast Day – Is one permitted to brush his teeth or use mouthwash on a minor fast day? More »
Dizzy & Sick From Fasting – It’s almost impossible for me to survive fast days. I get dizzy, sweaty, and nauseous to the point of throwing up. And I’m sick for two days after. I certainly wouldn’t be able to go to synagogue this Yom Kippur… More »
Fasting – Recovering from Heart Attack – I had a heart attack 7 weeks ago. I have thankfully recovered but am still somewhat weakened. Should I fast on the upcoming Shiva Asar b’Tammuz? More »
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Fast of Esther

Exemptions from Fasting – I tend to get bad headaches when I fast. Am I obligated to fast on the Fast of Esther? Likewise, I have a friend who is pregnant. What is her status? More »
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