Ta ‘anit Esther (Fast of Esther)

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:

Aish: http://www.aish.com/h/pur/m/48971661.htmll

and of course, as the Princess of Persia, the Esther story presented by G-dcast: http://www.g-dcast.com/purim

Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.


2 responses to “Ta ‘anit Esther (Fast of Esther)

  1. Is there a Purim party on whidbey somewhere?


    Sent from Milicent’s iPhone


    • Thank you for your kind offer to help plan a Purim party. My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. As of right now, no Purim gathering is scheduled. Other than your generous offer, all we received were regrets.
      Of course, as a lay-led havurah anyone can/could plan or offer host an event. If you wish to, as it is a great way to meet people, you can suggested a place and time (like a local park, clubhouse room or wine shop) for folks can come together to read the megillah and share hamantashen and/or drinks. We are always glad to run announcements for events that help build community.

      And WIJC will be posting some Purim resources for those observing the holiday on the blog and Facebook.


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