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Four fasts - minhag or halacha?

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

17th Tammuz, 9th Av, Tzom Gedaliah, 10th Tevet - what did Zechariya intend?

When don’t you fast? Rashi says when Jews are sovereign, Ramban says during Temple times. Are Jews sovereign today?

Ramban says a majority can decide not to fast. How do you apply this rule? The Rambam provides a simpler psak.

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