06 March 2012

FAST of ESTHER

13 Adar 5772
Ta'anit Esther


JERUSALEM TIMES

FAST BEGINS - 4:47 am

FAST ENDS - 6:09 pm

World-Wide Prayer, Tomorrow (Fast of Esther) at 11 AM

The Beams joins our brothers and sisters worldwide who are joining together in beautiful unity at 11 AM - each person at his own local time - to say five Psalms: 28, 32, 79, 92, and 22.
(See more at Lazer Beams. )

Ever wonder why we fast before Purim?

...Whenever in peril, we are commanded to institute a fast day to repent, pray, and ask for Divine mercy. Thus the 13th of Adar, the day of battle, was a day of fasting.

Earlier in the Purim narrative, Esther risked her life by appearing before the king without permission. But first she asked the Jews to fast with her for three days.

Whenever in peril, we are commanded to institute a fast day to evoke Divine mercy. We commemorate these fasts every year by fasting on the day before Purim, a fast which is called Ta’anit Esther (the Fast of Esther).

(Courtesy Chabad.org)

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