Ta'anit Esther

General Notes

Ta'anit Esther commemorates the three-day fast that Esther asked the Jews to observe before she went before King Ahasuerus to plead on behalf of the Jews. It is typically observed the day before Purim, but is moved to Thursday when it would otherwise fall on Shabbat.

This is a minor fast day. For those who choose to fast, the fast begins at sunrise and ends at sunset.

Shacharit Torah Reading 

Exodus 32:11-14 (P 647, RP 588), 34:1-10 (P 658, RP 593)

3 Aliyot

Shacharit Torah Reading Notes

There is a special custom regarding the chanting of the following:

o 32:12 ("Shuv mei'charon . . . l'amecha")

o 34:6-7 ("Adonai Adonai . . . v'nakei")

o 34:9 ("v'salachta . . . u'n'chaltanu")

When the reader reaches these verses, the congregation recites the verses first. The reader then repeats them in High Holy Day cantillation. The rest of the portion is read in regular Torah cantillation.

Shacharit Haftarah 

Exodus 32:11-14 (P 647, RP 588), 34:1-10 (P 658, RP 593)


We add a Torah service (MT 104) after the Chatzi Kaddish (MT 57). The afternoon reading is the same as the morning reading.

After the Torah reading, we read the Haftarah for public fast days.

When we recite the Amidah on fast days, we replace Shalom Rav with Sim Shalom (MT 98)

Mincha Haftarah Reading

Isaiah 55:6-56:8 (P 1681, RP 1489)