Other Observances Of Purim
The Fast of Esther
To commemorate the day of prayer and fasting that the Jews held before
their victory, we fast on the day before Purim, from approximately three
hours before sunrise until 40 minutes after sunset. (In the event that the
day before Purim is on Shabbos (Saturday), we move the fast
day up to the previous Thursday.)
It is a tradition to give 3 half-dollar coins to charity to commemorate
the half-shekel given by each Jew in the time of the Holy Temple. This mitzvah,
usually performed in the synagogue, should be done on the fast-day prior
to Purim, or according to your custom.
On Purim we recite the Al HaNissim liturgy in the Amidah (Silent Prayer)
for evening, morning and afternoon, as well as in the Grace After Meals.
In the morning service there is a special reading from the Torah Scroll
in the synagogue.