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Jerusalem - In Troubled Times, Israeli Rabbis Hope Three Day Pre-Purim Three Day Fast Will Invite Divine Mercy

Published on: March 18, 2016 03:07 PM
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Jerusalem - Two Israeli rabbis are following in the footsteps of Mordechai Hatzadik, calling for a three day fast prior to Purim in the hopes of bringing about positive change in both the security situation and the social disparities in Israel.

According to reports on YNet News, natural therapist and kabbalistic guru Rabbi Yuval Asherov and Rabbi Shalom Arush of Breslov, are expecting tens of thousands of Jews worldwide to take part in the initiative, by abstaining from food and drink and reflecting upon their actions as well as their responsibilities to others.

“When extreme situations arise, they require an extreme reaction,” explained the fast’s leadership. “We must make a general break in routine to wake up, stop, cure the evil of separatism, and unite. It was known long ago that in times of trouble, when Israel unites, the troubles disappear.”


Acknowledging that some may find a three day fast too difficult to complete, the pair have suggested that people could also participate by fasting for half days, by eating after nightfall or, at the very least, by dedicating the three days to soul searching, personal improvement and the performance of good deeds.

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 Mar 18, 2016 at 04:01 PM m Says:



 Mar 18, 2016 at 05:57 PM BoruchHoffinger Says:

Very honorable men. A model for us all.


 Mar 18, 2016 at 06:13 PM a Says:

It's very hard to implement such an undertaking, unless people feel their life is in danger,


 Mar 18, 2016 at 07:21 PM sseimb Says:

Reply to #3  
a Says:

It's very hard to implement such an undertaking, unless people feel their life is in danger,

Our lives are in danger don't you see what's happening around you?


 Mar 18, 2016 at 07:47 PM Esther Says:

Reply to #2  
BoruchHoffinger Says:

Very honorable men. A model for us all.

In our times,tzedaka and Ahavas Yisroel are what will trully help Bnai Yisroel.


 Mar 19, 2016 at 10:51 PM Long-Island-Yid Says:

Very honorable, but what is the position of the mainstream gedolim on this?
Perhaps it would've been better for them to coordinate this with the traditionally accepted gedolei hador.


 Mar 19, 2016 at 11:48 PM Moish Says:

The 3 day fast was set by Esther, not by Mordechai. Fasting 3 days, if eating each night is one thing, but no eating and drinking for 3 days and nights will extremely interfere with people's ability to properly function, learn, and interact with their families.


 Mar 20, 2016 at 11:34 AM Little weak Tzvi Says:

WE have a tradition called " Niskatnu Hadoros".....the generations have dwindeled and gone down. Typically most think this refers to our spiritual level. But II have heard from many authorities that it also refers to physical stamina and strength. What was possible for the Yidden thousands of years ago may not be possible nowadays . We are weaker and more frail. The fact that we live longer is due to the advancement in the medical fields and better nourishment.


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