תַּעֲנִית אֶסְתֵּר Today is the Fast of Esther.
Ta ‘anit Esther is celebrated on the 13th of Adar, Erev Purim, except when the 13th falls on Shabbat in which case it is pushed back to the prior Thursday. That’s right, Purim begins at sundown on March 15th. Time to stock the bar and find the groggers and megillah.
Today’s fast commemorates the three -day fast requested by Esther of the Jewish people before she went uncalled for before the king (her husband) in the Purim story. They had established for themselves and their descendants the matters of the fasts and their cry (Esther 9:31).
Ta ‘anit Esther is observed from sunrise to sunset and forbids food and drink. A minor fast, there are no additional restrictions on physical relations or washing/anointing.
More information can be found at:
and of course, as the Princess of Persia, the Esther story presented by G-dcast: http://www.g-dcast.com/purim
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