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Since the Fast of Esther is not one of the four public fasts ordained by the Prophets, the laws are more lenient; pregnant women, nursing mothers, and those who are weak are not required to observe it.
(Note: in certain situations a weak, sick, or pregnant person is not required or even permitted to observe any Jewish fast day; a rabbi should be consulted to determine the law for one's specific situation.)
Suggestion: delete these two sentences since the second sentence contradicts the first sentence. The laws are not more lenient for the Fast of Esther. Preggos, milkos, and noobs are not to observe it. --The Cobwebs and the Sorrow (talk) 13:05, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
Seconded: The sentences are misleading (and plagiarized from OU description of Fast of Esther) - it is in fact specifically forbidden for anyone who's health would be jeopardized to observe any fast. This is generally true even in more restrictive Orthodox and Hasidic movements as the expected audience for the OU article would know. While particularly observant Jews may feel that pregnancy itself is not a blanket exception to single day fasts (see Chabad response to a pregnant woman regarding fasting on Yom Kippur), and certainly the relative importance of the fast day may be taken into account (I am not a scholar of Jewish law), the first sentence suggests a level of observance that implies that a person might be put at risk.
Suggested rewording: The Fast of Esther is not one of the four public fasts ordained by the Prophets, and therefore the rules surrounding its observance are more lenient. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:53, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Events of past: The quote in hebrew is "to confirm all (or these) days of Purim ... words of the fasts and cry of them (Mordecai and Esther)". The porpose of these "words of fasts and cry", here, is to conform Purim and not to confirm the fast keept by quin Esther one year before - in the first days of Passover. FlorinCB (talk) 14:59, 10 March 2014 (UTC)