Ta'anit Esther


Ta'anit Esther (tah-ah-NEET es-TER) listen
Ta'anit Esther (TAH-neet ES-ter) listen


Example Sentences

  • "Gila isn't fasting on Ta'anit Ester because she's pregnant." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • תַּעֲנִית אֶסְתֵּר ta'anit ester 'Fast of Esther'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Ta'anit Esther, Taanit Ester, Ta'anit Ester, Taanis Esther, Ta'anis Esther, Taanis Ester, Ta'anis Ester, Tanis Esther, Tanis Ester, Taanit Esther


  • On Ta'anit Esther, as on other minor Jewish fast days, fasting goes from sunrise to sunset rather than from sunset to sunset.

    Also called Fast of Esther.

    See also ta'anit.

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