Thursday, July 5, 2012

This Sunday's fast


Sunday July 8th is the fast of "the 17th day of the month of Tammuz", and it begins a three-week national Jewish mourning period.

On this day one neither eats nor drinks, but - unlike the fasts of Tishah b'Av and Yom Kippur - one may wear leather shoes and wash normally.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 550:2)

Technically, Shabbat is the 17th of Tammuz. Because we don't fast for sad events on Shabbat, the fast is pushed to Sunday.

For more on the fast, click here; for more on the Three Weeks of mourning, click here.

Be well,

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