Saturday, July 12, 2008

Flaunting Fasting


Sunday July 20 is the fast of Shivah Asar b'Tammuz, the 17th day of the month of Tammuz.

Ordinarily we say that one should not publicly display his acts of piety, lest that appear as arrogance. However, one is supposed to let other Jews know that he is fasting, in order to encourage others to participate in the national fast as well.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 565:6; Mishneh Berurah 565:14)

Have a good day,

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