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.Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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^ From what I have learned is that the body will not make the ‘physiological switch over’ into a fasting state until all food intake to the stomach has stopped.
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^ Additionally the body is not in a true ‘fasting state’ until ‘all’ food / drug is stopped from entering the digestive processes.
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.A fast may be total or partial concerning that from which one fasts, and may be prolonged or intermittent as to the period of fasting.^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ If you are susceptable to gout you may not want to fast or try it in short bursts and build up to longer ones.
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^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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.Fasting practices may preclude sexual activity as well as food, in addition to refraining from eating certain types or groups of foods; for example, one might refrain from eating meat.^ Fasting is not substituting one food for another , and is not abstaining from food for a certain period.
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^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ If you are susceptable to gout you may not want to fast or try it in short bursts and build up to longer ones.
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.A complete fast in its traditional definition is abstinence of all food and liquids.^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
  • THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING 10 January 2010 7:07 UTC tasbeha.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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^ From what I have learned is that the body will not make the ‘physiological switch over’ into a fasting state until all food intake to the stomach has stopped.
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.In a medical context fasting may refer to (1) the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight, and (2) to the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion and absorption of a meal.^ Such a person may say to himself: While fasting, I want to train myself to resist wasting my time and to make use of it.
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^ Afterwards it reconstructs, and the person who has been fasting will gain weight very rapidly.
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^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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.Several metabolic adjustments occur during fasting, and many medical diagnostic tests are standardized for fasting conditions.^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ "Selected" texts of his were atrociously translated in several languages and used as vulgar arguments for many one-sided medical sects and their representatives.
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^ Many lectures were delivered during and on the subject of fasting.
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.For most ordinary diagnostic purposes a person is assumed to be fasting after 8–12 hours.^ This is the most sensible and practical way of fasting in the circumstances of ordinary life, particularly when at work, or where it is impossible to have fresh air, sun and water.
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.Many of the metabolic shifts of fasting begin as absorption of a meal is complete (typically 3–5 hours after a meal); "post-absorptive state" is synonymous with this usage, in contrast to the "post-prandial" state of ongoing digestion.^ At the beginning of a fast, the enema may be taken morning or evening, but not less than eight hours after the last meal.
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^ The scientist also states that in fasting the body does not get enough food and begins to dissipate its fats, grease, diseased and festered tissues, which are excreted by the body.
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A diagnostic fast refers to prolonged fasting (from 8–72 hours depending on age) conducted under medical observation for investigation of a problem, usually hypoglycemia. .Finally, extended fasting has been recommended as therapy for various conditions by physicians of most cultures, throughout history, from ancient to modern.^ Fasting is the most ancient therapy of humanity.
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Health effects

.Glucose is the body's primary fuel source and is essential for the brain's functioning.^ Many processes then startup such as fatty acids are turned into Ketones, glucose is then no longer the only energy source used by the brain etc.
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.When denied glucose for more than 4–8 hours, the body turns to the liver for glycogen, a storage form of glucose, to be used for fuel.^ God wants a pure heart more than He does a hungry body.
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^ Many processes then startup such as fatty acids are turned into Ketones, glucose is then no longer the only energy source used by the brain etc.
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^ Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy" (Acts 23:12,13).
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A process called glycogenolysis converts glycogen into a usable form of fuel. At this point, the body also uses small amounts of protein to supplement this fuel. .This fuel will last for up to 12 hours before the body needs to turn to glycogen stored in muscles, lasting for a few more days.^ Say you have dinner at 8:00 then do not eat breakfast until 8:00 A.M.the next day-That’s 12 hours there.
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^ But remember the trick is to provide only what the body needs nothing more and nothing less.
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^ If on regular days you remember all the time God before you, then how much more so should you be when fasting, a time devoted and consecrated to God?
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.If glucose is still denied at this point, muscle wasting is prevented by temporarily switching to fat as the fuel source, meaning fat is converted into ketone through catabolism.^ Lose fat, still build muscle?
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^ Many processes then startup such as fatty acids are turned into Ketones, glucose is then no longer the only energy source used by the brain etc.
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.Ketones, while not sugars, can be used by the brain as a fuel source as long as glucose is denied.^ Many processes then startup such as fatty acids are turned into Ketones, glucose is then no longer the only energy source used by the brain etc.
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.Such changes in blood chemistry during fasting may have dangerous effects.^ There are organisms which have an excess of liquid, and in such cases it would be folly to give more liquid during the fast, for the organism has sufficient work to do to get rid of its own liquid.
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^ Such a person may say to himself: While fasting, I want to train myself to resist wasting my time and to make use of it.
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^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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[1] .The body continues to use fat for as long as there is fat to consume.^ Many are those who long for fasting during the fifty-day period that follows Easter and during which there is neither fasting or continual prostration.
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^ During fasting the body uses Ketones for energy built primarily from fat reserves.
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.The body will generally indicate to the faster when fat levels are running extremely low (less than 7% and 10% of body weight for males and females, respectively) with an increased urge for food.^ Let the weight of your daily food be not less than a mina, but mark that it go not beyond two.
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^ I have only been trying it a few weeks just to loose some additional fat to increase my running speed.
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^ Another benefit of vegetarian foods is that it reduces cholesterol, since it is well documented that fats and grease found in meat leads to an increase in the blood cholesterol level.
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.Fasts are usually broken long before this point.^ I do not usually recommend long fasts.
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^ We must always stop the fast at this point, before the organism starts to exhaust its healthy cells and tissues, which are necessary for the vital func tioning of the organism.
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.If the fast is not broken, starvation begins to occur, as the body begins to use protein for fuel.^ The scientist also states that in fasting the body does not get enough food and begins to dissipate its fats, grease, diseased and festered tissues, which are excreted by the body.
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^ During fasting the body uses Ketones for energy built primarily from fat reserves.
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Medical complications associated with fast-induced starvation include electrolyte imbalances, thinning hair, lanugo, cardiac arrhythmia and renal failure. .Death can occur if fasting is pursued to the point of complete starvation.^ April 15th, 2008 Reply First I should mention that fasting and starvation are two different things completely.
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^ The point is that, in fasting, we are in need of seriousness and spirituality and should not pursue the matter in a routine and careless manner.
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.Excessive fasting for calorie restrictive purposes, accompanied by intense fears of becoming overweight are associated with mental disturbances, including anorexia nervosa.^ Fasting, accompanied by an intimate relationship with God, becomes spiritual enjoyment.
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^ Excessive periods of fasting may become detrimental to the body and possibly to the soul as it falsely instils the notion of false glory.
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^ Hindus believe that the supreme state of Nirvana or the release of the soul from the body to become one with God can only be accomplished through intense asceticism, abstinence, and fasting.
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.Research suggests there are major health benefits to caloric restriction.^ But like many behaviors in the fitness and health world, there comes a point where the benefits decrease and we find ourselves on the dreaded plateau.
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^ Mary Titus wrote on May 22nd, 2009 Reply Plenty of research out there about IF and it’s benefits for the glucose metabolism and it’s neuroprotective stress responses.
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^ The benefits are much more powerful then caloric restriction and you don’t have to get so skinny.
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.Benefits include reduced risks of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, insulin resistance, immune disorders, and more generally, the slowing of the aging process, and the potential to increase maximum life span.^ Another benefit of vegetarian foods is that it reduces cholesterol, since it is well documented that fats and grease found in meat leads to an increase in the blood cholesterol level.
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^ Intermittent fasting has also been shown to reduce spontaneous cancers in animal studies , which could be due to a decrease in oxidative damage or an increase in immune response.
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[2] According to Dr. Mark P. Mattson, chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at the US National Institute on Aging, fasting every other day (intermittent fasting) shows beneficial effects as strong as those of caloric-restriction diets[3] in mice, and a small study conducted on humans at the University of Illinois indicates the same results [4]
.According to the US National Academy of Sciences, other health benefits include stress resistance, increased insulin sensitivity, reduced morbidity, and increased life span.^ Another benefit of vegetarian foods is that it reduces cholesterol, since it is well documented that fats and grease found in meat leads to an increase in the blood cholesterol level.
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^ In my opinion if IF improves the health of neurons in these people it should benefit those of us without it or prhaps be used as preventative measures for those who are at risk.
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^ A consistent hormonal response to a decrease in food intake in rodents, nonhuman primates, and humans (30, 31) is a reduction in insulin levels and an increase in insulin sensitivity.
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[5][6] Long-term studies in humans have not been conducted. However, short-term human trials showed benefits in weight loss. The side effect was that the participants felt cranky during the three week trial. According to the study conducted by Dr. Eric Ravussin, "Alternate-day fasting may be an alternative to prolonged diet restriction for increasing the life span".[7]
.Adherence to Greek Orthodox fasting periods contributes to an improvement in the blood lipid profile, including a decrease in total and LDL cholesterol, and a decrease in the LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio.^ Doctors once told him that his blood had started to disintegrate after a long period of fasting.
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^ This may mean a total stop throughout the fasting period, a partial stop during a limited period or on a certain day, a reduction of the quantity of the food, or abstinence from a certain item of food.
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A statistically insignificant reduction in HDL cholesterol was also observed. .These results suggest a possible positive impact on the obesity levels of individuals who adhere to these fasting periods.^ Thus, the bishop who undertakes the ordainment fasts, the candidate for it also fasts, and all others who participate in these prayers.
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^ Many are those who long for fasting during the fifty-day period that follows Easter and during which there is neither fasting or continual prostration.
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^ An example of these is given by Saint Mark, the hermit on Mount Antonius, who started fasting in his early childhood and kept on fasting through out his life.
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.Prolonged fasting, generally more than 30 days, can result in serious health problems.^ However, fasting days are more so than others.
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^ The eating every other day such as 1 day on – one day off extends life generally about 30 – 40 percent an average suggest many experiments.
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^ A spiritual person rejoices over the periods of fasting more than he does over feast days during which he eats and drinks.
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.It is strongly advised that those thinking of fasting as a "diet" consult a physician or dietitian before they start.^ Those who fast also differ in the type of work they do.
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^ The Lord did not accept their fasts, prayers, and oblation because they lived an evil life and their hearts were not pure before Him.
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^ Those who claim that fasts should be shortened and reduced in number attest to the fact that they have neither experienced the joy of fasting nor known its benefits.
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Fasting leads to lowered blood sugar and blood pressure which can lead to dizziness and blackouts. .People who had low blood pressure before the fast can have these problems even on a one-day fast.^ Thus, the bishop who undertakes the ordainment fasts, the candidate for it also fasts, and all others who participate in these prayers.
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^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ Self-control also includes eating in moderation before beginning of a fast and on feast days.
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.For most, these problems begin five or more days into a water fast.^ The most I’ve done water fasting in the past is 2 or 3 days.
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^ In the life of the famous spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, we see that his fasting was the most manifest and distinctive feature of his life which he often used when faced with problems.
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^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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.One way to avoid blackouts is to breathe deeply before standing up, and rise slowly.^ However, one must be careful not to exaggerate in utter exhaustion that you end up too frail to stand on your feet to pray.
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^ The way I see it, the eating plan that works for you is the one you can stand to stay on.
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Religion

Bahá'í Faith

.In the Bahá'í Faith, fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset during the Bahá'í month of `Ala' (March 2-March 20).^ Classes for those new to the faith were held during the fast and sermons were delivered to teach and confirm them in the principles of Faith.
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^ The faithful, who fast, gain the blessings of the Holy Spirit during the Church sacraments.
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^ Was your fast a sacred time in your life during which you experienced a spiritual revival allowing you to taste and observe how good God is?
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[10] Bahá'u'lláh established the guidelines in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. .It is the complete abstaining from both food and drink (including abstaining from smoking).^ Muslims fast from dawn until sundown - abstaining from food and drink, and guarding themselves from destructive behavior.
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^ Esther decided to fast for three days abstaining from both "food and water" both "day and night" (Esther 4:15-16).

^ It is not only the body that fasts by abstaining from food or drink or some of it, but the soul as well, which keeps away from sin.

Consumption of prescribed medications is not restricted. .Observing the fast is an individual obligation and is binding on Bahá'ís between 15 years (considered the age of maturity) and 70 years old.^ (Dry fasting only recommend for experienced fasters) In total I go for over half the year without food or water, additionally I do at least two 15 Day water fasts.
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^ How many years since you have passed observed the different fasts as well as the weekly Wednesdays and Fridays fasts?
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[10] .Exceptions to fasting include individuals younger than 15 or older than 70; those suffering illness; women who are pregnant, nursing, or menstruating; travellers who meet specific criteria; and individuals whose profession involves heavy labor and those who are very sick where fasting would be considered dangerous.^ Those who fast differ in age.
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^ Such as those who fast bodily without paying attention to the virtues that accompany a fast.
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^ If fasting every 2nd day is too difficult then even 1 day a week would be very beneficial to the body and mind.
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.For those involved in heavy labor, they are advised to eat in private and generally to have simpler and/or smaller meals than are normal.^ WD makes you eat one large, very large meal a day and I’d normally have a huge salad with tons of protein and fats from evoo and such.
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^ It is true that a sin is a sin, but it is more horrible during Lent than during normal days because he who sins during any fast in general, and during Lent in particular, is actually committing a double sin.
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.Along with obligatory prayer, it is one of the greatest obligations of a Bahá'í.^ One of the greatest acts of worship is fasting, which Allaah has made obligatory on His slaves, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): .
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[10] .The guardian of the Bahá'í Faith, Shoghi Effendi, explains: "It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul.^ Nourishment of the soul is : prayer, meditation, reading the Holy Bible, spiritual readings such as the sayings of Fathers and biographies of Saints, hymns and psalms, spiritual meetings and prostration etc.
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^ Use the verses you memorised for spiritual meditation and nourishment during your fast and use them for practical application.
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^ If consecrating a fasting means devoting it to God, then have you devoted your fasting period to prayer and spiritual work?
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Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. .Fasting is symbolic, and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires."^ Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, you oppress your workers.
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Buddhism

The Buddha as an ascetic. Gandhara, 2-3rd century CE. British Museum.
.Buddhist monks and nuns following the Vinaya rules commonly do not eat each day after the noon meal [12].^ I used to eat 5-6 small meals a day blah blah blah.
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^ Say you have dinner at 8:00 then do not eat breakfast until 8:00 A.M.the next day-That’s 12 hours there.
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^ The days where I will eat once a day, my one meal is like a feast.
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.This is not considered a fast but rather a disciplined regimen aiding in meditation and good health.^ So when a reader recently asked about regular fasting as a means of maintaining good health, I had to re-evaluate my point of view slightly.
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."Once when the Buddha was touring in the region of Kasi together with a large sangha of monks he addressed them saying: 'I, monks, do not eat a meal in the evening.^ If this is the case, I eat a large meal.
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^ I thought at first you were saying that eating once every other day would make you a super human.
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^ The days where I will eat once a day, my one meal is like a feast.
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Not eating a meal in the evening I, monks, am aware of good health and of being without illness and of buoyancy and strength and living in comfort. .Come, do you too, monks, not eat a meal in the evening.^ WD makes you eat one large, very large meal a day and I’d normally have a huge salad with tons of protein and fats from evoo and such.
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^ Eat your first meal of the day at noon, then eat your second meal of the day when you get hungry.
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^ Not only is it okay to skip a meal ( althoough, I do not believe that is possible ) but once you break your fast, meals are even more enjoyable and sharing meals are even more rewarding.
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.Not eating a meal in the evening you too, monks, will be aware of good health and.....^ Dear Mark: Post-Workout Fasting Why Skipping Meals and Workouts is Healthy Fasting Makes You Active Dear Mark: Fiber, Fat and Fasting Eating Habits and Memory Function .
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^ WD makes you eat one large, very large meal a day and I’d normally have a huge salad with tons of protein and fats from evoo and such.
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^ Eat your first meal of the day at noon, then eat your second meal of the day when you get hungry.
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and living in comfort.' " (Kitagiri Sutta-Majjhima Nikaya)
Fasting is not practiced by lay Buddhists because it is seen as a deviation from the Middle Path. .This is because prior to attaining Buddhahood, prince Siddhartha practiced a regime of six years of strict austerity during which he consumed very little food.^ So even when I am not taking in solid food, I am consuming fat.” I was wondering if this is during your IF time.
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^ That’s why I’m doing IF. We’re basically not eating for six months a year with a one day on/on day off IF. That means no money spent on food for six months!!
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Henceforth, prince Siddhartha practiced moderation in eating which he later advocated for his disciples. .However, on Uposatha days (roughly once a week) lay Buddhists are instructed to observe the eight precepts which includes refraining from eating after noon till the following morning.^ Sometimes I eat once a day.
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^ I am mainly experimenting with an Eat Stop Eat style of IF – that is, for example, you eat at lunchtime, then nothing till lunchtime the next day, and repeat this once or twice a week.
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^ The days where I will eat once a day, my one meal is like a feast.
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This eight precepts closely resemble the ten vinaya precepts for novice monks and nuns. The novice precepts are the same with the prohibition against handling money.[13]
The Vajrayana practice of Nyung Ne is based on the tantric practice of Chenrezig. It is said that Chenrezig appeared to Gelongma Palmo, an Indian nun who had contracted leprosy and was on the verge of death. .Chenrezig taught her the method of Nyung Ne in which one keeps the eight precepts on the first day, then refrains from both food and water on the second.^ Eat your first meal of the day at noon, then eat your second meal of the day when you get hungry.
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^ I only use water on my days off food.
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^ Not to focus on the type of vegetable food to be eating but on the sanctity of these days of fasting and what is proper for them so that one's spirit may be strengthened Fasting leads to the strength of the spirit, and the strength of the spirit leads to fasting.
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.Although seemingly against the Middle Way, this practice is to experience the negative karma of both oneself and all other sentient beings and, as such is seen to be of benefit.^ I can vouch for how it is amazing to refocus the mind: I used to believe that I derived this benefit from all the practice I got from trying so hard to think about things other than food; so nice to know it is from a physiological effect too!
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^ The eating every other day such as 1 day on – one day off extends life generally about 30 – 40 percent an average suggest many experiments.
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Other self-inflicted harm is discouraged.

Christianity

.The "acceptable fast" is discussed in the biblical Book of Isaiah, chapter 58:3-7. In essence, it means afflict the soul through abstaining from fulfilling the needs or wants of the flesh.^ Our fathers fasted, not to fulfil a commandment, an imposition, or a rite, but for the spiritual pleasure in which they found spiritual satisfaction and comfort for their souls and bodies.
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^ If Jesus Christ observed this fast for us, though He did not need to , we should therefore fast it for ourselves since we are in great need of fasting to fulfil all righteousness, in the same way as Christ did.
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^ God willing, we shall discuss in the coming chapters the benefits of fasting as the source of joy for the spiritual and the lifestyle for the monks.
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The opening chapter of the Book of Daniel, vv. 8-16, describes a partial fast and its effects on the health of its observers.
.Fasting is a practice in several Christian denominations or other churches.^ Thus, the apostle's fast is the oldest and first fast practiced by the Christian Church.
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.Some denominations do not practice it, considering it an external observance, but many individual believers choose to observe fasts at various times at their own behest.^ THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING By H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III INTRODUCTION Fasting is an important topic for all, as almost all nations and religions practice some form of fasting.
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^ Although the body gets rid of many of them through its various methods of excretion, some remain and may be excreted through fasting...
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^ Train yourself also in prostration: If you neglect it at other times, be careful to observe it while fasting.
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.The Lenten fast observed in the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church is a forty-day partial fast to commemorate the fast observed by Christ during his temptation in the desert.^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ If Jesus Christ observed this fast for us, though He did not need to , we should therefore fast it for ourselves since we are in great need of fasting to fulfil all righteousness, in the same way as Christ did.
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^ It is the longest of all fasts as it extents for fifty-five days, and it is the greatest in its sanctity as it is Christ's fast and commemorates His sacred suffering.
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.This is similar to the partial fasting within the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (abstaining from meat and milk) which takes place during certain times of the year and lasts for weeks.^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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^ So even when I am not taking in solid food, I am consuming fat.” I was wondering if this is during your IF time.
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^ Was your fast a sacred time in your life during which you experienced a spiritual revival allowing you to taste and observe how good God is?
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Biblical accounts

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  • Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights, twice back-to-back, without food or water; the first, immediately before he received the tablets on the mountain with God.^ For every one of them fasted for forty days and forty nights.
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    ^ Fasting also precedes service: Before the Lord Jesus Christ started His overt service, He fasted for forty days, spending the time in seclusion with the Father on the mountain We likewise, after ordaining a new priest, assign to him a period of forty days of fasting and seclusion, usually at a monastery, before he begins his service.
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    ^ Days of fasting are a good opportunity for confession and self-reproach inside oneself before God and before your Father confessor.
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    And the second, after coming down, seeing the Israelites practicing idolatry, and breaking the tablets in anger. .(Deuteronomy 9:7-21)
  • King David fasted when the son of his adulterous union with Bathsheba was struck sick by God, in punishment for the adultery and for David's murder of Bathsheba's husband, Uriah the Hittite.^ King David also fasted when his son was sick and "pleaded with God for the child" lying "all night on the ground" (2 Sam 12:16).
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    ^ Confessor fathers used to impose as a sever form of punishment for their spiritual sons, to break their fast early, to eat meat or appetising foods.
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    .Nevertheless, the son died, upon which David broke his fast (2 Samuel 12:15-25).
  • King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout Judah for victory over the Moabites and Ammonites who were attacking them (2 Chronicles 20:3).
  • The prophet Joel called for a fast to avert the judgment of God.
  • The people of Nineveh, in response to Jonah's prophecy, fasted to avert the judgment of God (Jonah 3:7).
  • The Jews of Persia, following Mordechai's example, fasted because of the genocidal decree of Haman.^ Another example is the fast of the people of Nineveh.
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    ^ In the same way, people fasted in the days of Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 20:3).
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    ^ Let the fast be change towards a better life, a chance to remove the defects and weaknesses you feel exist in your relationship with God and people.
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    .Queen Esther declared a three-day fast for all the Jews prior to risking her life in visiting King Ahasuerus uninvited (Esther 4).
  • Saul, later Paul, did not eat or drink anything for three days after he converted on the road to Damascus.
  • Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights while in the desert, being tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread and eat them, among other tempations.^ I have been fasting all day and eating between 2 and 6pm.
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    ^ IF generally includes eating one day and fasting the other.
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    ^ That being said, we all fast.
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    .(Matthew 4:2, Luke 4:2).
  • The prophetess Anna, who proclaimed the baby Jesus to be the Messiah, prayed and fasted regularly in the Temple (Luke 2:37).
  • There are indications in the New Testament as well as from the Didache that members of an Early Christian Church fasted regularly.
  • Jesus teaches on the outward appearance and demeanor of a fasting person (Matthew 6:16).^ Thus, the apostle's fast is the oldest and first fast practiced by the Christian Church.
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    ^ Thus, one who fasts becomes a spiritual and not a physical person.
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    ^ He who sins during this fast is subject to the Lord Jesus Christ words who said: "If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!"
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    It is also an assumed action of the believer (see: "And when you pray..." Matthew 6:5 - "When you fast..." Matthew 6:16)
  • David used fasting as an act of humbling his soul (Psalm 35:13).
  • The church in Antioch were worshipping the Lord and fasting when the Holy Spirit told them to send Barnabas and Saul for work (Acts 13:2).
  • Paul and Barnabus appointed elders with prayer and fasting (Acts 14:23).

Biblical teaching

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  • The prophet Isaiah chastised the Israelites in Isaiah 58 for the unrighteous methods and motives of their fasting.^ Fasting without mercy and charity is unacceptable: The Lord explained this point to the Prophet Isaiah, saying: "`Why have we fasted,' they say, `and You have not seen?
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    .He clarified some of the best reasons for fasting and listed both physical and spiritual benefits that would result (Isaiah 58:3-13).
  • Jesus warned his followers against fasting only to make others admire them.^ Fasting for any other reason, is rejected by God.
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    ^ To comprehend the spiritual views of fasting and follow a spiritual route for our benefit.
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    ^ The following outlines some of the reasons for this: 1 People differ in their spirituality.
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    He provided practical steps on how to fast in private. .(Matthew 6:16–18).
  • The Pharisees and John's disciples in Jesus' time fasted regularly and asked Jesus why his disciples did not.^ If Jesus Christ observed this fast for us, though He did not need to , we should therefore fast it for ourselves since we are in great need of fasting to fulfil all righteousness, in the same way as Christ did.
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    .Jesus answered them using a parable (Matthew 9:14-15, Mark 2:18-20, Luke 5:33-39, see also Mark 2).
  • In some manuscripts Jesus ascribes the Disciples' inability to cast out spirits to a lack of prayer and fasting.^ When the Lord Jesus Christ spoke about exorcising devils, He said: "This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
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    ^ About these devils the Lord said: "This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
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    ^ How beautiful then is the Lord's saying to the Apostles about fasting and its relation to casting of devils: "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
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    (Mark 9:29) These, however, are later manuscripts and the words "and fasting" are omitted from many modern translations.

Roman Catholicism

.For Roman Catholics, fasting is the reduction of one's intake of food to one full meal (which may not contain meat during Fridays in Lent) and two small meals (known liturgically as collations, taken in the morning and the evening).^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ If you are susceptable to gout you may not want to fast or try it in short bursts and build up to longer ones.
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.Eating solid food between meals is not permitted.^ Moreover, we find relief from the food we eat between meals.
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^ The day’s food intake and nutrients are balanced between an early meal and later afternoon/early evening meal.
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^ I am fasting today, no solid foods, which means that today, Valentine's Day, I will not be eating chocolate to celebrate love.
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.Fasting is required of the faithful between the ages of 16 and 60 on specified days.^ I have been fasting all day and eating between 2 and 6pm.
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Complete abstinence, required of those older than 14, is the avoidance of meat for the entire day. .Partial abstinence prescribes that meat be taken only once during the course of the day.^ I used eat only during the day but it often proved challenging to refrain from eating at night if hubby was cooking something that smelled fantastic.
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^ I only eat once it works for me i lost 50lbs 6 years ago doing this one meal a day and i work out during the day also.Sorry for the long post.
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.To some Roman Catholics, fasting still means consuming nothing but water.^ Here we face many questions posed by some people: Can vegetables and margarine be consumed when fasting?
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^ I also add in some apple cider vinegar and fresh lemons during the water fasting periods.
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^ To the some extent were the bodies of saints who, through fasting were without fat and excess water.
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Pope Pius XII had initially relaxed some of the regulations concerning fasting in 1956. In 1966, Pope Paul VI in his apostolic constitution Paenitemini, changed the strictly regulated Roman Catholic fasting requirements. .He recommended that fasting be appropriate to the local economic situation, and that all Catholics voluntarily fast and abstain.^ John Fielder Note - It is INHS recommendation that all extended fasts beyond 3 days be carried out with supervision !
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^ But if the purpose of fasting is that the body must abstain from food and drink from dawn till sunset and then in indulge in the enjoyment of all sorts of pleasures, we have missed the essence of fasting.

^ Therefore, what is important is for the heart and thought to abstain from every wrong desire assisted by the fasting of the body, which is the least of all.
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.In the United States, there are only two obligatory days of fast - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.^ Days of fasting are a good opportunity for confession and self-reproach inside oneself before God and before your Father confessor.
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^ There is no doubt that days of fasting belong to the Lord.
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^ It appears as if fasting concerns two parties only: them and their food, or them and the body, without God being party to the fast in any way!!
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.The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence: those observing the practice may not eat meat.^ It appears that abstinence was communally practiced until the ninth hour and thus this passage was suitably placed to allow people to pray then eat their food.Since days of fasting cover the major portion of the year.
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^ Mustahab Fasts 1757.* Fasting is Mustahab on every day of a year except those on which it is haraam or Makrooh to observe a fast.
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^ After a couple of days of being off your fast, you may try eating small portions of chicken and rice mixed with your soup broth.

.Pastoral teachings since 1966 have urged voluntary fasting during Lent and voluntary abstinence on the other Fridays of the year.^ It has been noted that dogs and other animals do have bowel actions during a fast.
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^ However, it should not be forgotten, that it is during our times of fasting that we deepen and strengthen our training and preparation for this enjoyment of God for other times of our life.
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^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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The regulations concerning such activities do not apply when the ability to work or the health of a person would be negatively affected.
.Prior to the changes made by Pius XII and Paul VI, fasting and abstinence were more strictly regulated.^ If more changes are needed, a more cleansing, raw-food diet or a fast can be begun.
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^ A more detailed study of the metabolism of the fasting organism demonstrates that the changes that occur during a fast are orderly and constructive.
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^ However, prior to subah sdiq he changed his intention and did not fast.
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.The church had prescribed that Roman Catholics observe fasting and/or abstinence on a number of days throughout the year.^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ It appears that abstinence was communally practiced until the ninth hour and thus this passage was suitably placed to allow people to pray then eat their food.Since days of fasting cover the major portion of the year.
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^ The Church combines prostration with abstinence from food for a number of hours.
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.In addition to the fasts mentioned above, Roman Catholics must also observe the Eucharistic Fast, which involves taking nothing but water and medicines into the body for one hour before receiving the Eucharist.^ Fasting is not a hungry body but an ascetic one.
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^ So far I’ve been doing it where I eat dinner the night before and then nothing until dinner today, about 24 hours.
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^ Penitence and self-abasement drills: Fasting days are ones of penitence and self-abasement before God.
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.The ancient practice was to fast from midnight until Mass that day, but as Masses after noon and in the evening became common, this was soon modified to fasting for three hours.^ If you have dinner at 7 PM and not eat breakfast until, say 9 AM the next morning,you’ve spent 14 hours fasting naturally.
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^ If fasting every 2nd day is too difficult then even 1 day a week would be very beneficial to the body and mind.
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^ The ninth hour of the day actually coincides with three o'clock in the afternoon since the first hour of the day corresponds to six o'clock in the morning.
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.Current law requires merely one hour of eucharistic fast, although some Roman Catholics still abide by the older rules.^ I eat well, and although I am vegetarian, I ocasionally smoke so I want to kick off the habit and try some fastings as well.
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^ Although the body gets rid of many of them through its various methods of excretion, some remain and may be excreted through fasting...
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^ I had a colonoscopy which required me to basically fast fro several hours.
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.The Catholic Church has also promoted a Black Fast, in which in addition to water, bread is consumed.^ (Dry fasting only recommend for experienced fasters) In total I go for over half the year without food or water, additionally I do at least two 15 Day water fasts.
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.Typically, this form of fasting was only used by monks and other religious individuals who practice mortifications and asceticism, but all Catholics are invited to take part in it with the advice and consent of their Spiritual Director.^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ In the life of the famous spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, we see that his fasting was the most manifest and distinctive feature of his life which he often used when faced with problems.
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^ I can vouch for how it is amazing to refocus the mind: I used to believe that I derived this benefit from all the practice I got from trying so hard to think about things other than food; so nice to know it is from a physiological effect too!
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Anglicanism

.The Book of Common Prayer prescribes certain days as days for fasting and abstinence, but since the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, there have been no regulations prescribing the mode of observance of these days, nor is any distinction made between fasting and abstinence.^ There is no doubt that days of fasting belong to the Lord.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ However, since the Church seeks the sinners regardless of their state, it has not set fasting as a condition for this sacrament.
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.Observance of fast days declined until the 19th century, when under the influence of the Oxford Movement many Anglicans began once again taking the prescribed fast days more seriously.^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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The Book of Common Prayer sets out the prescribed days as follows:
A Table of the Vigils, Fasts, and Days of Abstinence, to be Observed in the Year.
The Evens or Vigils before:
The Nativity of our Lord.
The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin.
Easter Day.
Ascension Day.
Pentecost.
St. Matthias.
St. John Baptist.
St. Peter.
St. James.
St. Bartholomew.
St. Matthew.
St. Simon and St. Jude.
St. Andrew.
St. Thomas.
All Saints.
Note: if any of these Feast-Days fall upon a Monday, then the Vigil or Fast-Day shall be kept upon the Saturday, and not upon the Sunday next before it.
Days of Fasting, or Abstinence.
I. The Forty Days of Lent.
II. The Ember-Days at the Four Seasons, being the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the First Sunday in Lent, the Feast of Pentecost, September 14, and December 13.
III. The Three .Rogation Days, being the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, before Holy Thursday, or the Ascension of our Lord.^ If we conduct ourselves well during these days, we shall attain the holiness for the rest of our life.
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^ So Monday you Fast then go to bed and Tuesday morning you can eat all day if you want; then Wednesday Fast again etc.
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IV. All the Fridays in the Year, except Christmas Day.
.In the process of revising the Book of Common Prayer in various parts of the Anglican Communion the specification of abstinence or fast for certain days has been retained, though because each province is free to set its own calendar, there is no universal Anglican rule for which days are fast days.^ There is however a minimum time of abstinence, which varies depending on the fast.
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^ There is no doubt that days of fasting belong to the Lord.
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^ In any case, there is no need to elaborate further on this point since the period of abstinence differs from one person to another.
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.Generally Lent and Fridays are set aside, though Fridays during the Easter season are sometimes avoided.^ It is true that a sin is a sin, but it is more horrible during Lent than during normal days because he who sins during any fast in general, and during Lent in particular, is actually committing a double sin.
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^ Saint Makarius the Alexandrian, for example, fasted though out the year and ate only once week during the Holy Lent, while visiting the Monasteries of Saint Pachomius.
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.Often the Ember Days or Rogation Days are also specified, and the eves of certain feasts.^ This means that you specify certain days during which you do not leave home.
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.Individual Anglicans are free to determine for themselves what particular measures of abstinence they will follow in the observance of these days, though certain parishes and dioceses are more encouraging of fasting than others.^ However, fasting days are more so than others.
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^ Thus, the bishop who undertakes the ordainment fasts, the candidate for it also fasts, and all others who participate in these prayers.
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^ Our foods and working out ways are pretty similar, only I do like my wine (try to keep it at no more than one glass though) and I do aerobics and intervals/free weights instead of the machines.
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.One diocese, that of Sydney in Australia, discourages its people from fasting during the season of Lent.^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ It was once said that on one occasion, at the advent of Lent in the desert, a herald was sent calling upon monks and drawing their attention to the sacred fast.
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Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek-Catholicism

.For Eastern Orthodox and Greek-Catholic Christians, fasting is an important spiritual discipline, found in both the Old Testament and the New, and is tied to the principle in Orthodox theology of the synergy between the body (Greek: soma) and the soul (pnevma).^ Fasting is not hunger for the body but nourishment for the soul.
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^ His body was fasting but His soul was being nourished.
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^ Fasting to them is an exercise for the body and for the soul.
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.That is to say, Orthodox Christians do not see a dichotomy between the body and the soul but rather consider them as a united whole, and they believe that what happens to one affects the other (this is known as the psychosomatic union between the body and the soul).^ Our fathers fasted, not to fulfil a commandment, an imposition, or a rite, but for the spiritual pleasure in which they found spiritual satisfaction and comfort for their souls and bodies.
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^ We also see that the disciples' eyes grew heavy in the orchard after the two dinners that they could not sit up with the Lord even for one hour.
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^ Rather, it is a blessing given to us by God and organised by the Church for our spiritual benefit, to enlighten and train our souls of the idealism that we should follow for: "Holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."
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[14][15] .Saint Gregory Palamas argued that man's body is not an enemy but a partner and collaborator with the soul.^ When the body is vanquished, the soul takes control and the body not resisting, but collaborating with it and submitting to its leadership.
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^ (Matt 4:4), He meant by this, that man should not live solely to nourish his body with bread and forget the nourishment of the soul.
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^ The Lord Jesus Christ showed the devil that man was not a mere body but also a soul nourished by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
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Christ, by taking a human body at the Incarnation, has made the flesh an inexhaustible source of sanctification.[16] .This same concept is also found in the much earlier homilies of Saint Macarius the Great.^ The same zeal was found in the monasticism of Saint Shenoudah, chief of hermits, and in many of the Ethiopian monasteries.
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.Fasting can take up a significant portion of the calendar year.^ Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and women who are pregnant or nursing, are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year.
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^ Many people fast as part of a recuperative vacation, often trying to make up for their indiscretions of the previous year.
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^ If a person takes an oath that he will fast for the entire year and that he will not leave out a single day, even then he cannot fast on these five days.
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.The purpose of fasting is not to suffer, but according to Sacred Tradition to guard against gluttony and impure thoughts, deeds and words.^ It is the longest of all fasts as it extents for fifty-five days, and it is the greatest in its sanctity as it is Christ's fast and commemorates His sacred suffering.
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^ A fast in this way is the proper vehicle for spiritual deeds, a spiritual atmosphere to live in his heart, spirit, soul, thought, senses, and emotions with God.
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[17] .Fasting must always be accompanied by increased prayer and almsgiving (donating to a local charity, or directly to the poor, depending on circumstances).^ Ezra's fast was also accompanied by prayers.
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^ Fasting is accompanied by prostration: Prostration is in fact a series of successive prostration accompanied by short prayers.
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^ Prayer drills: Make it your aim throughout the days of fasting to increase your prayer.
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.To engage in fasting without them is considered useless or even spiritually harmful.^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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[14] .To repent of one's sins and to reach out in love to others is part and parcel of true fasting.^ How marvellous it would be for those who came to confess their sins while fasting and repentant.
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^ For without humility fasting is out of self righteous and disdain for others.
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^ If you came out of every fast well versed in one virtue, it would be of great spiritual gain for you.
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Fast days
There are four fasting seasons, which include:
.Wednesdays and Fridays are also fast days throughout the year (with the exception of fast-free periods.^ A spiritual person rejoices over the periods of fasting more than he does over feast days during which he eats and drinks.
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^ Prayer drills: Make it your aim throughout the days of fasting to increase your prayer.
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^ Many are those who long for fasting during the fifty-day period that follows Easter and during which there is neither fasting or continual prostration.
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.In some Orthodox monasteries, Mondays are also observed as fast days (Mondays are dedicated to the Angels, and monasticism is called the "angelic life").^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord?
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^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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[15]
Other days occur which are always observed as fast days:
Rules
Fasting during these times includes abstention from:
  • animal products, all dairy products, and—with the exception of some specific days—fish,
  • oil (interpreted variously as abstention from olive oil only, or as abstention from all cooking oils in general), and
  • wine (which is often interpreted as including all alcoholic beverages)
It is a sort of periodic veganism.
.When a feast day occurs on a fast day, the fast is often mitigated (lessened) to some degree (though meat and dairy are never consumed on any fast day).^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ Self-control also includes eating in moderation before beginning of a fast and on feast days.
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^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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For example the Feast of the Annunciation almost always occurs within the Great Lent in the Orthodox calendar: in this case fish (traditionally haddock fried in olive oil) is the main meal of the day.
There are two degrees of mitigation: allowance of wine and oil; and allowance of fish, wine and oil. .The very young and very old, nursing mothers, the infirm, as well as those for whom fasting could endanger their health somehow, are exempt from the strictest fasting rules.^ To the young and old, fasting bestows health and strength.
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^ Patients however, who are unable to fast and those absolved from fasting for the sacrament of communion, are exempt.
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^ Those who fast also differ in their state of health.
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[14]
.On weekdays of the first week of Great Lent, fasting is particularly severe, and many observe it by abstaining from all food for some period of time.^ Many concern themselves with abstaining from food.
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^ Fasting is not substituting one food for another , and is not abstaining from food for a certain period.
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^ I felt great the entire time I was fasting.
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.According to strict observance, on the first five days (Monday through Friday) there are only two meals eaten, one on Wednesday and the other on Friday, both after the Presanctified Liturgy.^ The eating every other day such as 1 day on – one day off extends life generally about 30 – 40 percent an average suggest many experiments.
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^ I thought at first you were saying that eating once every other day would make you a super human.
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^ Other drills for prayer: (a) Train yourself to pray early in the morning and to have God as the first one to talk, even for a short prayer every day saying to him, Thank You, O'Lord and bless this day.
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.Those who are unable to follow the strict observance may eat on Tuesday and Thursday (but not, if possible, on Monday) in the evening after Vespers, when they may take bread and water, or perhaps tea or fruit juice, but not a cooked meal.^ That is, if I eat at 7:00 AM. I don’t even plan on getting up until 9:00 and I may not eat breakfast until 11:00.
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^ A person may not benefit spiritually if they follow a non-spiritual method, even if he abstains from food until the ninth hour or even sunset.
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^ If one absolutely feels they need more calories then adding juicing to the meal would work.
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.The same strict abstention is observed during Holy Week, except that a vegan meal with wine and oil is allowed on Great Thursday.^ If Jesus Christ observed this fast for us, though He did not need to , we should therefore fast it for ourselves since we are in great need of fasting to fulfil all righteousness, in the same way as Christ did.
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^ Was your fast a sacred time in your life during which you experienced a spiritual revival allowing you to taste and observe how good God is?
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^ Lent for example, covers eight weeks during which one may gradually advance in degree of his asceticism and abstention from food.
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[14]
On Wednesday and Friday of the first week of Great Lent the meals which are taken consist of xerophagy (literally, "dry eating") i.e. boiled or raw vegetables, fruit, and nuts.[14] In a number of monasteries, and in the homes of more devout laypeople, xerophagy is observed on every weekday (Monday through Friday) of Great Lent, except when wine and oil are allowed.
.Those desiring to receive Holy Communion keep a total fast from all food and drink from midnight the night before (see Eucharistic discipline).^ U Congregations also fast to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist or Communion.
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^ I will keep all this in mind when/if I try fasting.
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^ We see the Prophet Daniel say while fasting: "I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."
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.The sole exception is the Communion offered at the Easter Sunday midnight mass, when all are expressly invited and encouraged to receive the Eucharist, regardless of whether they have kept the prescribed fast.^ U Congregations also fast to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist or Communion.
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^ They were then baptised on Christening Sunday, to join the faithful for the following week's Palm Sunday, in the Passion Week prayers, and in the Easter celebrations.
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^ "When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them.
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Fast-free days
.During certain festal times the rules of fasting are done away with entirely, and everyone in the church is encouraged to feast with due moderation, even on Wednesday and Friday.^ I felt great the entire time I was fasting.
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^ Self-control also includes eating in moderation before beginning of a fast and on feast days.
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^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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Fast-free days are as follows:

Oriental Orthodox Churches

.With exception of the fifty days following Easter in the Coptic Orthodox Church fish is not allowed during Lent, or on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Baramon days.^ Saturdays, Sundays, and the fifty days following Easter then prostration are also not permissible.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ Many are those who long for fasting during the fifty-day period that follows Easter and during which there is neither fasting or continual prostration.
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.Other than that fish and shellfish are allowed during fasting days.^ However, fasting days are more so than others.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ Some are able to fast from Maundy Thursday up to the Easter Mass and others on the day preceding Christmas or Epiphany.
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.The discipline of fasting entails that, apart from Saturdays, Sundays, and holy feasts, one should keep a total fast from all food and drink from midnight the night before to a certain time in the day usually three o'clock in the afternoon (the hour Jesus died on the Cross).^ Fasting is not substituting one food for another , and is not abstaining from food for a certain period.
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^ I will keep all this in mind when/if I try fasting.
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^ Fasting also precedes service: Before the Lord Jesus Christ started His overt service, He fasted for forty days, spending the time in seclusion with the Father on the mountain We likewise, after ordaining a new priest, assign to him a period of forty days of fasting and seclusion, usually at a monastery, before he begins his service.
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.Also, it is preferred that one reduce one's daily intake of food (typically, by eating only one full meal a day).^ The days where I will eat once a day, my one meal is like a feast.
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^ The eating every other day such as 1 day on – one day off extends life generally about 30 – 40 percent an average suggest many experiments.
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^ I used to eat 5-6 small meals a day blah blah blah.
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Protestant churches

.In Protestantism, the continental reformers criticized fasting as a purely external observance that can never gain a person salvation.^ If a person fasts out of his love for God for a spiritual gain, his body automatically benefits, which is better than fasting on doctor's order to reduce body weight.
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The Swiss Reformation of the "Third Reformer" Huldrych Zwingli began with an ostentatious public sausage-eating during Lent.
.In more recent years, many churches affected by liturgical renewal movements have begun to encourage fasting as part of Lent and sometimes Advent, two penitential seasons of the liturgical year.^ Indeed, preaching is set for the whole year but the sermons of Lent have a more profound effect.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ It was once said that on one occasion, at the advent of Lent in the desert, a herald was sent calling upon monks and drawing their attention to the sacred fast.
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Members of the Anabaptist movement generally fast in private. The practice is not regulated by ecclesiastic authority.[18]
.Other Protestants consider fasting, usually accompanied by prayer, to be an important part of their personal spiritual experience, apart from any liturgical tradition.^ Ezra's fast was also accompanied by prayers.
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^ In other words, fasting is a multidimensional experience.
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^ Fasting must be accompanied by worship and prayer.
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.The United Methodist Church fasts according to John Wesley's way of sundown to sundown on Mondays to Tuesdays and Thursdays to Fridays to promote discipline among Christ's followers.^ Our aims in fasting determine our means and according to our goal, results follow.
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^ In the same way, the Church recognised the importance of fasting in the life of worship and service.
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^ So Monday you Fast then go to bed and Tuesday morning you can eat all day if you want; then Wednesday Fast again etc.
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Lutheranism
.The Lutheran Church strongly encourages fasting (similar to the Roman Catholic teaching).^ The Church teaches us that prayer and fasting are interrelated.
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[19] .Fasting during Lent is encouraged in some Lutheran communities, specifically on Friday when food is limited to only one meal that day.^ D wrote on November 27th, 2009 Reply Ensure you are exercising your muscles during a fast to avoid them being used as food.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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[20] .It is also considered to be an appropriate physical preparation for partaking of the Eucharist, but fasting is not necessary for receiving the sacrament.^ U Congregations also fast to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist or Communion.
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Martin Luther wrote in his Small Catechism "Fasting and bodily preparation are certainly fine outward training, but a person who has faith in these words, 'given for you' and 'shed for you for the forgiveness of sin' is really worthy and well prepared."[21].
Pentecostal
.Individuals in mainline Pentecostal denominations undertake both short and extended fasts as they believe the Holy Spirit leads them.^ What role did the Holy Spirit play in your fast?
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^ Our fathers, the Apostles, began their service by fasting when they received the Holy Spirit, and it accompanied their spiritually acceptable service.
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^ Thus through fasting they gained strength for their bodies, spirits, and minds.
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Some groups have classified types of fasting. In the "Normal Fast" pure water alone is consumed. .During the "Black Fast" nothing, not even water, is consumed.^ During the age of martyrs and confessors, the Church used to preach that: If you have nothing to give to those in need, then fast and offer them your food.
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.In addition to the Normal Fast and the Black Fast, Pentecostals sometimes undertake what they call the Daniel Fast (or Partial Fast) in which only one type of food (e.g., fruit or fruit and non-starchy vegetables) is consumed.^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ The fasting of our fathers, were not confined to specific periods, or the length of time, but also as form of monasticism, applied it to the kind of food they ate.
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^ A person may not benefit spiritually if they follow a non-spiritual method, even if he abstains from food until the ninth hour or even sunset.
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.In a Daniel Fast, meat is almost always avoided, in following the example of Daniel and his friends' refusal to eat the meat of Gentiles, which had been offered to idols and not slaughtered in a kosher manner.^ The intermittent fasting will always be part of my life and I just would not be happy going back to eating food every day.
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.In some circles of Pentecostals, the term "fast" is simply used, and the decision to drink water is determined on an individual basis.^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ While I know it’s not “pure” fasting, I do drink a single zip fizz (10 calories) for vitamins on my fast days, and make a point of getting enough water.
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^ He does drink water and a little juice on his fasting day.
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Charismatic
.For Charismatic Christians fasting is undertaken at the leading of God.^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ This leads us to examine an important question: What is the relationship between God and your fast?
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.Fasting is done in order to seek a closer intimacy with God, as well as an act of petition.^ I fast to seek God.
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^ Andrew Murray said, “Fasting helps to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything – to sacrifice ourselves – to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.” .
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^ Our salvation is by grace, not by works, and Christians can never put pressure on God and force him to act favorably to us by fasting.
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.Some take up a regular fast of one or two days each week as a spiritual observance.^ Afterall, some food can take up to 3 days to completely digest.
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^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ You may begin with one day a week, then two, then more.
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.Holiness movements, such as those started by John Wesley, Charles Wesley, and George Whitefield in the early days of Methodism, often practice such regular fasts as part of their regimen.^ Such as those who fast bodily without paying attention to the virtues that accompany a fast.
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^ The offence of the sin itself and in addition the contempt shown for the holiness of those days.
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^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

.For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fasting is total abstinence from food and drink, including water.^ He does drink water and a little juice on his fasting day.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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Members are encouraged to fast on the first Sunday of each month, designated as Fast Sunday. During Fast Sunday, members fast for two consecutive meals. .The money saved by not having to purchase and prepare meals is donated to the church as a fast offering, which is to be used to help people in need.^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ Through self-abasement and defeat, the people become humble and the Lord comes need those who are humbled and to those with a crushed heart and He saves them.
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^ Fasting precedes every grace and service: Through fasting, we prepare ourselves to receive every blessing that God offers us.
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.The late LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley asked: “What would happen if the principles of fast day and the fast offering were observed throughout the world[?] The hungry would be fed, the naked clothed, the homeless sheltered.^ Prayer drills: Make it your aim throughout the days of fasting to increase your prayer.
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^ If fasting every 2nd day is too difficult then even 1 day a week would be very beneficial to the body and mind.
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^ Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord?
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… A new measure of concern and unselfishness would grow in the hearts of people everywhere.”[22]
.Sunday worship meetings on Fast Sunday include opportunities for church members to publicly bear testimony during the sacrament meeting portion, often referred to as fast and testimony meeting.^ In the same way, the Church recognised the importance of fasting in the life of worship and service.
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^ The faithful, who fast, gain the blessings of the Holy Spirit during the Church sacraments.
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.Fasting is also encouraged for members any time they desire to grow closer to their Father in Heaven and to show self-mastery of spirit over body.^ Fasting is not a remedy for the spirit alone, but it is also for the body.
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^ Days of fasting are a good opportunity for confession and self-reproach inside oneself before God and before your Father confessor.
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^ Drills pertaining to fasting: Drills pertaining to repentance: Solitude and silence drills Avoiding lost time: Penitence and self-abasement drills: Memorisation drills: Prayer drills: Other spiritual drills: Drills in certain virtues: .
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.Members may also implement personal, family or group fasts any time they desire to solicit special blessings from God, including health or comfort for themselves and/or others.^ Our fathers fasted, not to fulfil a commandment, an imposition, or a rite, but for the spiritual pleasure in which they found spiritual satisfaction and comfort for their souls and bodies.
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^ The fasting of our fathers, were not confined to specific periods, or the length of time, but also as form of monasticism, applied it to the kind of food they ate.
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^ Such a person may say to himself: While fasting, I want to train myself to resist wasting my time and to make use of it.
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.Individuals can also use fasting as a part of their repentance process or to show gratitude towards God.^ He said: "Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
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^ Thess 3:10), and you have not repented in a way befitting the fast or befitting a heart that is the residence of God.
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^ God gave us as a symbol a lesson when He accepted the baptism of repentance before he fasted.
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Hinduism

Fasting is a very integral part of the Hindu religion. .Individuals observe different kinds of fasts based on personal beliefs and local customs.^ Is a sick person exempted from observing Fast?

^ To sum up the different kinds of fasts: .
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^ So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, 'I am fasting."
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Some are listed below.
.
  • Certain days of the week are also set aside for fasting depending on personal belief and favorite deity.^ If fasting every 2nd day is too difficult then even 1 day a week would be very beneficial to the body and mind.
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    ^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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    ^ I hope to be dry fasting 3 days and one day eating within this next month.
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    For example, devotees of Shiva tend to fast on Mondays, while devotees of Vishnu tend to fast on Fridays or Saturdays.
  • Thursday fasting is very common among the Hindus of northern India. On Thursdays devotees listen to a story before opening their fast. On the Thursday fasters also worship Vrihaspati Mahadeva. They wear yellow clothes, and meals with yellow colour are preferred. Women worship the banana tree and water it. .Food items are made with yellow-coloured ghee.
  • Fasting during religious festivals is also very common.^ D wrote on November 27th, 2009 Reply Ensure you are exercising your muscles during a fast to avoid them being used as food.
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    ^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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    ^ This may mean a total stop throughout the fasting period, a partial stop during a limited period or on a certain day, a reduction of the quantity of the food, or abstinence from a certain item of food.
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    .Common examples are Maha Shivaratri (Most people conduct a fast on Maha Shivratri which includes consuming fruit and milk), or the nine days of Navratri (which occurs twice a year in the months of April and October/November during Vijayadashami just before Diwali, as per the Hindu calendar).^ Another example is the fast of the people of Nineveh.
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    ^ D wrote on November 27th, 2009 Reply Ensure you are exercising your muscles during a fast to avoid them being used as food.
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    ^ Mary Titus wrote on June 2nd, 2009 Reply I have been doing a complete fast with one 24-hour day per month for nearly 30 of my 36 years as part of my religious experience.
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    .Karwa Chauth is a form of fasting practiced in some parts of India where married women undertake a fast for the well-being, prosperity, and longevity of their husbands.^ I eat well, and although I am vegetarian, I ocasionally smoke so I want to kick off the habit and try some fastings as well.
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    ^ THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING By H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III INTRODUCTION Fasting is an important topic for all, as almost all nations and religions practice some form of fasting.
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    ^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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    .The fast is broken after the wife views the moon through a sieve.
  • In the state of Andhra Pradesh, the month of Kaarthika, which begins with the day after Deepavali is often a period of frequent (though not necessarily continuous) fasting for some people, especially women.^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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    ^ Self-control also includes eating in moderation before beginning of a fast and on feast days.
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    ^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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    Common occasions for fasting during this month include Mondays (for Lord Shiva), the full-moon day of Karthika and the occasion of Naagula Chaviti.
.Methods of fasting also vary widely and cover a broad spectrum.^ Although the body gets rid of many of them through its various methods of excretion, some remain and may be excreted through fasting...
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.If followed strictly, the person fasting does not partake any food or water from the previous day's sunset until 48 minutes after the following day's sunrise.^ On that day from sunrise to sunset, you will fast, Yom Kippur.
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^ A person made an intention at night that he will fast the following day.
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^ He does drink water and a little juice on his fasting day.
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.Fasting can also mean limiting oneself to one meal during the day and/or abstaining from eating certain food types and/or eating only certain food types.^ This means that you specify certain days during which you do not leave home.
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^ The days where I will eat once a day, my one meal is like a feast.
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^ Fasting is not substituting one food for another , and is not abstaining from food for a certain period.
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.In any case, even if the fasting Hindu is non-vegetarian, he/she is not supposed to eat or even touch any animal products (i.e., meat, eggs) on a day of fasting.^ I can work later, too, because I don’t have to come in for supper on my non-eating days.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ If fasting every 2nd day is too difficult then even 1 day a week would be very beneficial to the body and mind.
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(Milk is an exception for animal products).
.In Sri Vidya, one is forbidden to fast because the Devi is within them, and starving would in return starve the god.^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ Penitence and self-abasement drills: Fasting days are ones of penitence and self-abasement before God.
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^ Some people resort to a system of gradual progression even within one fast.
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.The only exception in Srividya for fasting is on the anniversary of the day one's parents died.^ Obviously, the jury’s still out on whether this does anything to extend my life span, but my only ancestor who I know fasted (one day per week), was also the longest lived.
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^ Penitence and self-abasement drills: Fasting days are ones of penitence and self-abasement before God.
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^ I plan on a 30-40 day fast (water only) when I’m ready.
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Islam

.Fasting is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam and involves fasting during Ramadan, which is probably the most notable time for fasting among non-Muslims.^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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^ Was your fast a sacred time in your life during which you experienced a spiritual revival allowing you to taste and observe how good God is?
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.In Islam, fasting for approximately one month is an obligatory practice during the holy month of Ramadan, from fajr (dawn), until the maghrib (dusk).^ Since the fasting period is a sacred spiritual, during which one aims to develop spiritually, it is proper that one should place before him, some spiritual drills to convert these spiritual desires into a practical mode of living.
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^ I have been experimenting with weekly fasts for a month now and have started testing bi-weekly 36 hour ones.
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^ During the Apostles' fast, the Holy Spirit spoke to them.
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.Muslims are prohibited from eating, drinking (including water), engaging in sexual activity, becoming angry, and smoking while fasting.^ I eat well, and although I am vegetarian, I ocasionally smoke so I want to kick off the habit and try some fastings as well.
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^ While I know it’s not “pure” fasting, I do drink a single zip fizz (10 calories) for vitamins on my fast days, and make a point of getting enough water.
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^ He does drink water and a little juice on his fasting day.
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.Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the Pillars of Islam, and thus one of the most important acts of Islamic worship.^ I have been experimenting with weekly fasts for a month now and have started testing bi-weekly 36 hour ones.
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^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ I hope to be dry fasting 3 days and one day eating within this next month.
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.By fasting, whether during Ramadan or other times, a Muslim draws closer to Allah by abandoning body pleasures, such as food and drink.^ During the age of martyrs and confessors, the Church used to preach that: If you have nothing to give to those in need, then fast and offer them your food.
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^ D wrote on November 27th, 2009 Reply Ensure you are exercising your muscles during a fast to avoid them being used as food.
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^ However, it should not be forgotten, that it is during our times of fasting that we deepen and strengthen our training and preparation for this enjoyment of God for other times of our life.
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.This makes the sincerity of their faith and their devotion to God (Arabic: Allah) all the more evident.^ Rebuke yourself, and say to it: What is the use of me shunning food if I have not yet given up the sin that separates me from God and that makes all my fast of no avail?
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^ If on regular days you remember all the time God before you, then how much more so should you be when fasting, a time devoted and consecrated to God?
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^ Meetings and visitations hinder one's devotion to God and may lead one into making mistakes.
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.The Qur'an states that fasting was prescribed for those before them (i.e., the Jews and Christians) and that by fasting a Muslim gains taqwa, which can be described as the care taken by a person to do everything God has commanded and to keep away from everything that He has forbidden.^ What does God gain from your fast?
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^ Fast then for God, before you are compelled to fast for medical reasons without any spiritual benefit to you.
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^ The Holy Bible presents us with several examples of self- abasement in fasting since God cannot bear to see the humility of His children before Him.
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.Fasting helps prevent many sins and is a shield with which the Muslim protects him/herself from jahannam (hell).^ Days of fasting are not only for our spiritual deeds, repentance, and coming closer to God, but they also help evoke our love for eternity with Him.
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The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Koran was sent down, a guidance for the people, with clear verses of guidance and criterion. [For more information, consult the Islamic holy book, the Quran, specifically Chapter 2, 183.]
.Muslims believe that fasting is more than abstaining from food and drink.^ Fasting means abstaining from food, not from fluids.
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^ After fasting, the human organism is like a dry sponge; it has a more intensive capacity for absorption than at other times.
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^ Remember: From a spiritual perspective, your inner attitude is more important than what kind of fast you choose.
  • BoSanchez.ph » 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting 10 January 2010 7:07 UTC bosanchez.ph [Source type: General]

It also includes abstaining from any falsehood in speech and action, from any ignorant and indecent speech, and from arguing and fighting, and lustful thoughts. .Therefore, fasting strengthens control of impulses and helps develop good behavior.^ Therefore in your fast, control your tongue and in the same way that you make your mouth refrain from food, make it refrain from bad words.
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.During the sacred month of Ramadan, believers strive to purify body and soul and increase their taqwa (good deeds and God-consciousness).^ Vanquishing the body: While fasting, say to the body: "Let go of the soul and release it from your bonds that it may delight in God.
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^ During these days, the mind, heart and body must also be sacred.
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^ Hindus believe that the supreme state of Nirvana or the release of the soul from the body to become one with God can only be accomplished through intense asceticism, abstinence, and fasting.
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This purification of body and soul harmonizes the inner and outer spheres of an individual. .Muslims aim to improve their body by reducing food intake and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.^ Doctors insist that body weight be reduced to keep it healthy.
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^ From what I have learned is that the body will not make the ‘physiological switch over’ into a fasting state until all food intake to the stomach has stopped.
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^ Your body needs to complete a physiological adjustment to the new healthy lifestyle condition.
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.Overindulgence in food is discouraged and eating enough to silence the pain of hunger is encouraged.^ Let us here talk to you about the element of hunger in fasting: The element of hunger: Many abstain from food, then eat without feeling or enduring hunger.
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^ It is not a body that hungers and longs for food, but a body that rids itself of the desire to eat.
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^ But, make sure that you are eating enough food.
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Muslims should be active, tending to all their commitments and never falling short of any duty. On a moral level, believers strive to attain the most virtuous characteristics and apply them to their daily situations. They try to show compassion, generosity and mercy to others, exercise patience, and control their anger. In essence, Muslims are trying to improve their moral character and cultivate good habits.[23]
.Fasting also inculcates a sense of fraternity and solidarity, as Muslims feel and experience what their needy and hungry brothers and sisters feel.^ Drills in certain virtues: It is possible to benefit by profound spiritual feelings that you may experiences while fasting.
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.However, even the poor, needy, and hungry participate in the fast.^ Often, however, the intimacy will not be appreciated until the fast is over; and even then it may be some time before such spiritual intimacy is personally discerned.

^ For each Fast, a poor person has to be fed twice or equivalent amount is to be paid to a needy person.

^ The benefits are well know to ‘mainstream science’ however not many people are willing to fast even if it could save there life.
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.Moreover, Ramadan is a month of giving charity and sharing meals to break the fast together.^ The difference with that is, once I break my fast with a large caveman meal, my hunger is much milder througout the day.
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^ Moreover, deprivation of the body only, gives fasting a negative image while leaving out the positive nourishment of the soul.
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^ Not only is it okay to skip a meal ( althoough, I do not believe that is possible ) but once you break your fast, meals are even more enjoyable and sharing meals are even more rewarding.
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The Siyam is intended to teach Muslims patience and self-control, and to remind them of the less fortunate in the world. The fast is also seen as a debt owed by the Muslim to God. Faithful observance of the Siyam is believed to atone for personal faults and misdeeds, at least in part, and to help earn a place in paradise. It is also believed to be beneficial for personal conduct, that is, to help control impulses, passions and temper. .The fast is also meant to provide time for meditation and to strengthen one's faith.^ However, it should not be forgotten, that it is during our times of fasting that we deepen and strengthen our training and preparation for this enjoyment of God for other times of our life.
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^ I do all of the exercising in my fasting mode and have had only one time that I dot dizzy when going from lying down to standing quickly.
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^ Not to focus on the type of vegetable food to be eating but on the sanctity of these days of fasting and what is proper for them so that one's spirit may be strengthened Fasting leads to the strength of the spirit, and the strength of the spirit leads to fasting.
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While fasting in the month of Ramadan is considered Fard (obligatory), Islam also prescribes certain days for non-obligatory, voluntary fasting, such as:
  • each Monday and Thursday of a week
  • six days in the month of Shawwal (the month following Ramadan)
  • the Day of Ashura (10th of Muharram in the Hijri calendar), (Most Muslim sects observe a fast on this day, although most Twelver Shi'ites consider it forbidden)
Fasting is forbidden on these days:[24]
  • Eid Fitr (1st Shawwal) and Eid Adha (10th Dzulhijjah)
  • Tashriq (11th, 12th, 13th Dzulhijjah)
  • the Day of Arafat (9th of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Hijri(Islamic calendar)). (Only pilgrims to Mecca are forbidden to fast.)
Although fasting is fard (obligatory), exceptions are made for persons in particular circumstances:
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  • Prepubescent children; though some parents will encourage their children to fast earlier for shorter periods, so the children get used to fasting.
  • Serious illness; the days lost to illness will have to be made up after recovery.
  • If one is traveling but one must make up any days missed upon arriving at one's destination.
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing.
  • A woman during her menstrual period; although she must count the days she missed and make them up at the end of Ramadan.
  • An ill person or old person who is not physically able to fast.^ Thus, one who fasts becomes a spiritual and not a physical person.
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    ^ If fasting can be used to heal the digestive tract of those who are ill.
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    ^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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    They should donate the amount of a normal person's diet for each day missed if they are financially capable.
  • A mentally-ill person.
Penalty of purposefully breaking fast at Ramadan:(not necessarily true, please provide references)
  • For elders who will not be able to fast, a lunch meal (or an equivalent amount of money) is to be donated to the poor or needy for each day of missed fasting.
  • If an adult who is sane, man or woman, breaks his/her fast intentionally and without any excuse, he or she must make up (61?) days for each missing day(s) at the end of Ramadan.

Jainism

.There are many types of fasting in Jainism.^ Friends, there are many, many blessings when we fast.
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^ There are many benefits to fasting.

^ There are many types of fasts.

.One is called Chauvihar Upwas, in which no food or water may be consumed until sunrise the next day.^ Whoever is to receive the blessed Eucharist is to abstain for at least one hour before holy communion from all food and drink, with the sole exception of water and medicine.
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^ Some people may do a saltwater flush (drinking a quart of water with 2 teaspoons of sea salt dissolved in it) before their first day of food.
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^ I`m on the 3th day but I plane to get 12 days only with water no juice, I appreciate if you answer.
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.Another is called Tivihar Upwas, in which no food may be consumed, but boiled water is allowed.^ Some people may do a saltwater flush (drinking a quart of water with 2 teaspoons of sea salt dissolved in it) before their first day of food.
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^ In your life you may have experienced physical suffering, when you felt no desire for food it might even have repulsed you.
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^ The white corpse-color of the light and sunless man of culture cannot be called beautiful, and emanates mainly from the white corpse-color of the dead-boiled, wrong food.
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.The main goal of any type of fasting in Jainism is to achieve complete Non-Violence (दया, ahimsa) during that period.^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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^ Many are those who long for fasting during the fifty-day period that follows Easter and during which there is neither fasting or continual prostration.
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.Fasting is usually done during Paryushana but can be done during other times.^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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^ Train yourself also in prostration: If you neglect it at other times, be careful to observe it while fasting.
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^ Was your fast a sacred time in your life during which you experienced a spiritual revival allowing you to taste and observe how good God is?
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If one fasts for the eight days of Paryushana, it is called Atthai, and when it is for one month, it is known as Maskhamana. .Also, it is common for Jains not to fast but only to limit their intake of food.^ Do not let a change of food be the only thing different you do in a fast.
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^ It appears as if fasting concerns two parties only: them and their food, or them and the body, without God being party to the fast in any way!!
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^ From what I have learned is that the body will not make the ‘physiological switch over’ into a fasting state until all food intake to the stomach has stopped.
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.When a person only eats lentils and tasteless food with salt and pepper as the only spices, the person is said to do Ayambil.^ Do you eat salt and salty foods?
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^ I would like to remind you of our saintly fathers who said, "If food you crave is placed before you, spoil it a little then eat it".
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^ As for the person who only controls his food and is controlled by his lusts, his fast is a bodily one.
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.There are other types of fasting in which a Jain eats only one meal a day, which is known as Ekassana.^ IF generally includes eating one day and fasting the other.
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^ The days where I will eat once a day, my one meal is like a feast.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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.Similarly, another fast, called Beasana, allows for two meals a day.^ The difference with that is, once I break my fast with a large caveman meal, my hunger is much milder througout the day.
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^ I am fasting like a human who is on a food restricted diet.I consider my fast broken when I eat my first meal of the day.
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^ (Dry fasting only recommend for experienced fasters) In total I go for over half the year without food or water, additionally I do at least two 15 Day water fasts.
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.The goal of all these fastings is to decrease desire and passion for the physical world, and attain spirituality by meditation.^ Thus, the bishop who undertakes the ordainment fasts, the candidate for it also fasts, and all others who participate in these prayers.
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^ THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING By H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III INTRODUCTION Fasting is an important topic for all, as almost all nations and religions practice some form of fasting.
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^ Use the verses you memorised for spiritual meditation and nourishment during your fast and use them for practical application.
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Self-starvation by fasting is known as Sallekhana and is supposed to help shed karma according to Jain philosophy. Another form of fasting is Santhara, the Jain religious ritual of voluntary death by fasting. .Supporters of the practice believe that Santhara cannot be considered suicide, but rather something one does with full knowledge and intent, while suicide is viewed as emotional and hasty.^ I believe that this was something that, at least partially supported my theory.
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Due to the prolonged nature of Santhara, the individual is given ample time to reflect on his or her life. The vow of Santhara is taken when one feels that one's life has served its purpose. The goal of Santhara is to purify the body and, with this, the individual strives to abandon desire.

Judaism

.Fasting for Jews means completely abstaining from food and drink, including water.^ While I know it’s not “pure” fasting, I do drink a single zip fizz (10 calories) for vitamins on my fast days, and make a point of getting enough water.
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^ He does drink water and a little juice on his fasting day.
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^ It takes 3 days for some foods to even digest completely, so I doubt that a reasonable fast would harm any part of the digestive tract.
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Brushing the teeth is forbidden on the major fast days of Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av (see below), but permitted on minor fast days. Taking medications is generally not permitted, except where a doctor's orders would forbid abstaining. .Traditionally observant Jews fast on up to six days of the year.^ Some are able to fast from Maundy Thursday up to the Easter Mass and others on the day preceding Christmas or Epiphany.
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^ Lent is the holiest of all the annual fasts and its days are the holiest of all the days of the year.
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^ (Dry fasting only recommend for experienced fasters) In total I go for over half the year without food or water, additionally I do at least two 15 Day water fasts.
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.With the exception of Yom Kippur, fasting is never permitted on Shabbat, for the commandment of keeping Shabbat is biblically ordained and overrides the later rabbinically instituted fast days.^ They fast, with the exception of feast days their whole life.
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Yom Kippur is considered to be the most important day of the Jewish year and fasting as a means of repentance is expected of every Jewish man, woman, boy or girl above the age of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah respectively. .It is so important to fast on this day, that only those who would be put in danger by fasting are exempt, such as the ill, elderly, or pregnant or nursing women, as endangering one's life is against a core principle of Judaism.^ Those who fast differ in age.
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^ Such as those who fast bodily without paying attention to the virtues that accompany a fast.
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^ Patients however, who are unable to fast and those absolved from fasting for the sacrament of communion, are exempt.
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.Those that do eat on this day are encouraged to eat as little as possible at a time and to avoid a full meal.^ I used to eat 5-6 small meals a day blah blah blah.
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^ The days where I will eat once a day, my one meal is like a feast.
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^ WD makes you eat one large, very large meal a day and I’d normally have a huge salad with tons of protein and fats from evoo and such.
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.For some, fasting on Yom Kippur is considered more important than the prayers of this holy day.^ However, fasting days are more so than others.
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^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ Fasting accompanies repentance: Days of fasting days are sacred and man lives them in holiness.
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.If one fasts, even if one is at home in bed, one is considered as having participated in the full religious service.^ A prayer while fasting is more profound than one hundred prayers conducted with a full stomach full and a voice jolting mountains.
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^ Some people resort to a system of gradual progression even within one fast.
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^ I can say that fasting from 6pm one day to 6pm the next is easier than fasting a whole day from breakfast, because even though I am fasting a full 24 hours, I am still eating everyday!
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.In addition to fasting and prayer, Yom Kippur—as the "Sabbath of Sabbaths"—has the same restrictions regarding work as the Sabbath, such as striking a fire, carrying objects outside the home, using tools, and so on.^ If consecrating a fasting means devoting it to God, then have you devoted your fasting period to prayer and spiritual work?
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^ Those who fast without any spiritual act, such as prayer, contemplation, spiritual reading, Psalms, Hymns, or prostration, their fast becomes a useless burden.
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Traditionally, leather shoes are not worn on this day. .Men may wear a white gown (kittel) over their clothes, symbolic of a burial shroud on this Day of Judgment.^ If he slips into any of the spoken sins, he puts the following words of the Bible before his eyes: "Every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment."
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.Women may either wear all white, or they may simply wear large white scarves over their heads, and many do not put on make-up or jewelry.^ In this, the Lord said to Moses: "So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest."
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^ Rebuke yourself, and say to it: What is the use of me shunning food if I have not yet given up the sin that separates me from God and that makes all my fast of no avail?
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.The aura of the day is serious, humble, sacred and repentant, yet happy in the knowledge that sincere repentance brings redemption.^ Fasting accompanies repentance: Days of fasting days are sacred and man lives them in holiness.
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^ However, sacred fasting days, should not be used to read books that increase your knowledge as much as the ones of worship.
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^ How deep indeed are your prayers if conducted on sacred days from a humbled hearts before God through fasting and purified by repentance.
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.The second major day of fasting is Tisha B'Av, the day approximately 2500 years ago on which the Babylonians destroyed the first Holy Temple in Jerusalem, as well as on which the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple in Jerusalem about 2000 years ago, and the Jews were banished from their homeland.^ It appears that abstinence was communally practiced until the ninth hour and thus this passage was suitably placed to allow people to pray then eat their food.Since days of fasting cover the major portion of the year.
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^ Fasting accompanies repentance: Days of fasting days are sacred and man lives them in holiness.
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^ About the first fruits of every fruitful tree, He says: "But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the Lord."
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.Tisha B'Av ends a three-week mourning period beginning with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz.^ In another fast, he says: "I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks.
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^ The minimal fast period for Lent should be higher than for the rest of the fasts and the minimum during the Passion Week is higher than that of Lent.
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^ These are followed by Passion Week which constituted a separate fast independent of Lent at the to mark the beginning of the Apostolic era.
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.Unlike the fast of Yom Kippur, there are no restrictions on activities, although one should try to avoid doing regular work the first part of the day, sit in a low chair or on the floor, and wear no leather shoes.^ There is no doubt that days of fasting belong to the Lord.
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^ Or should I try a juice fasting instead?
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^ Mary Titus wrote on June 2nd, 2009 Reply I have been doing a complete fast with one 24-hour day per month for nearly 30 of my 36 years as part of my religious experience.
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.This is also the day when observant Jews remember the many tragedies which have befallen the Jewish people, including the Holocaust.^ A day of fasting which passes by without remembering God, should be crossed out of your fast, for it cannot be as included under the title: "Declare a holy fast."
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The atmosphere of this holiday is serious and deeply sad.
.Both of these holy days are considered major fasts and are observed from sunset to sunset the following day by both men and women.^ Non of these fasts can be considered genuine.
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^ Fasting accompanies repentance: Days of fasting days are sacred and man lives them in holiness.
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^ If we conduct ourselves well during these days, we shall attain the holiness for the rest of our life.
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The remaining four fasts are considered minor and fasting is only observed from sunrise to sunset. .Men are expected to observe them, and women should observe them, but a rabbi may often give dispensations if the fast represents too much of a hardship to a sick or weak person.^ If Jesus Christ observed this fast for us, though He did not need to , we should therefore fast it for ourselves since we are in great need of fasting to fulfil all righteousness, in the same way as Christ did.
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^ Or, those who's aim is fasting in itself as a the target although it should be a means towards an end, the means of giving the soul the opportunity.
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^ Every person should set whatever exercises are appropriate to him in his fast provided that this is done, as much as possible, under the supervision of his Confession Father.
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On the two major fast days sexual relations are also forbidden.
The four public fast days
Minor fast days, not universally observed, include:
.It is an Ashkenazic tradition for a bride and groom to fast on their wedding day before the ceremony as the day represents a personal Yom Kippur.^ Self-control also includes eating in moderation before beginning of a fast and on feast days.
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^ Penitence and self-abasement drills: Fasting days are ones of penitence and self-abasement before God.
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^ How deep indeed are your prayers if conducted on sacred days from a humbled hearts before God through fasting and purified by repentance.
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.In some congregations, repentance prayers that are taken from the Yom Kippur service are included by the bride and groom in the service before the ceremony.^ How deep indeed are your prayers if conducted on sacred days from a humbled hearts before God through fasting and purified by repentance.
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.Aside from these official days of fasting, Jews may take upon themselves personal or communal fasts, often to seek repentance in the face of tragedy or some impending calamity.^ If a person tries to fast on these days, he will also be greatly rewarded.
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^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ In the life of the famous spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, we see that his fasting was the most manifest and distinctive feature of his life which he often used when faced with problems.
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For example, a fast is sometimes observed if the scrolls of the Torah are dropped. The length of the fast varies, and some Jews will reduce the length of the fast through tzedakah, or charitable acts. Mondays and Thursdays are considered especially auspicious days for fasting.

Judaism

.Judaism views three essential potential purposes of fasting, and a combination of some or all of these could apply to any given fast.^ In all these instances he should not fast.
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^ Almost all religions employ some type of fast as a spiritual ritual, and some people use a water fast to cleanse toxins fr...
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^ Drills pertaining to fasting: The purpose of these drills is to pursue a sound and developing fast.
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One purpose in fasting is the achievement of atonement for sins and omissions in divine service. Fasting is not considered the primary means of acquiring atonement; rather, sincere regret for and rectification of wrongdoing is key (see Isaiah, 58:1-13, which appropriately is read as the haftorah on Yom Kippur).
.Nevertheless, fasting is conducive to atonement, for it tends to precipitate contrition in the one who fasts (see Joel, 2:12-18).^ Thus, one who fasts becomes a spiritual and not a physical person.
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^ Moreover, one who fasts may be in such a state of asceticism, hunger, and weakness that one is unable to make any effort.
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^ "But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, "so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."
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This is why the Bible requires fasting (lit. self affliction) on Yom Kippur (see Leviticus, 23:27,29,32; Numbers, 29:7; Tractate Yoma, 8:1; ibid. (Babylonian Talmud), 81a). .Because, according to the Hebrew Bible, hardship and calamitous circumstances can occur as a result of wrongdoing (see, for example, Leviticus, 26:14-41), fasting is often undertaken by the community or by individuals to achieve atonement and avert catastrophe (see, for example, Esther 4:3,16; Jonah 3:7).^ In the life of the famous spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, we see that his fasting was the most manifest and distinctive feature of his life which he often used when faced with problems.
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^ The Holy Bible presents us with several examples of self- abasement in fasting since God cannot bear to see the humility of His children before Him.
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^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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.Most of the Talmud's Tractate Ta'anit ("Fast[s]") is dedicated to the protocol involved in declaring and observing fast days.^ If a person in Janabat in the month of Ramadhan forgets to take Ghusl and remembers it after one day, he should observe the qadha of the fast of that day.
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^ However, if he makes a vow that he will observe fast on a particular day during a journey, he should observe that fast during the journey.
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^ If a person intends to break his fast during the day but does not do so, then according to the most correct opinion, his fast is not adversely affected by this; he is like a person who wants to speak during the prayer but does not speak.
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The second purpose in fasting is commemorative mourning. .Indeed, most communal fast days that are set permanently in the Jewish calendar fulfil this purpose.^ This is indeed the purpose of fasting.

^ In other words, this standard is actually achieved by every Muslim who knows that purpose of fasting and strives to fulfill it.

^ If a person gathers a lot of saliva in his mouth then swallows it on purpose, this does not break the fast, according to the most correct opinion.
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These fasts include: Tisha B'Av, Seventeenth of Tammuz, Tenth of Tevet (all of the three dedicated to mourning the loss of the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem), and Fast of Gedaliah. .The purpose of a fast of mourning is the demonstration that those fasting are impacted by and distraught over earlier loss.^ You’ll find a few of those in earlier Intermittent Fasting Tips on this blog.
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This serves to heighten appreciation of that which was lost. This is in line with Isaiah (66:10), who indicates that mourning over a loss leads to increased happiness upon return of the loss:
Be glad with Jerusalem, and exult in her, all those who love her; rejoice with her in celebration, all those [who were] mourners over her.
The third purpose in fasting is commemorative gratitude. .Since food and drink are corporeal needs, abstinence from them serves to provide a unique opportunity for focus on the spiritual.^ In any case, there is no need to elaborate further on this point since the period of abstinence differs from one person to another.
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^ Help us, Lord, to know what it is to be so engulfed in spiritual communion that we lose a sense of even the basics like food and drink.
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^ While fasting allows the organs, tissues, and cells to rest, clean house, and handle excesses, the body needs the nourishment provided by food to function after it has used its stores.
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.Indeed, the Midrash explains that fasting can potentially elevate one to the exalted level of the Mal'achay HaSharait (ministering angels) (Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer, 46).^ Fasting, as some people speculate, is not a bodily torture, martyrdom, or a cross, but it is a way to elevate the body to reach the level of cooperation with the soul.
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This dedication is considered appropriate gratitude to God for providing salvation. .Additionally, by refraining from such basic physical indulgence, one can more greatly appreciate the dependence of humanity on God, leading to appreciation of God's beneficence in sustaining His creations.^ Meetings and visitations hinder one's devotion to God and may lead one into making mistakes.
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.Indeed, Jewish philosophy considers this appreciation one of the fundamental reasons for which God endowed mankind with such basic physical needs as food and drink.^ It was not an issue of abstinence from food or one item of it but a sort of training to renounce everything for God's sake...
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^ The reason is, that any man, by repeated trials, may acquire a perfect knowledge of his own constitution, the kinds of food and drink which agree with him best.
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^ Help us, Lord, to know what it is to be so engulfed in spiritual communion that we lose a sense of even the basics like food and drink.
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This is seen from the text of the blessing customarily recited after consuming snacks or drinks:
.You are the Source of all blessing, O' Eternal One, our God, King of the universe, Creator of many souls, who gave [those souls] needs for all that which You created, to give life through them to every living soul.^ God Bless all of them.
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^ God Bless you all for your inspiration and participation.
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^ This is one way of giving me back all His blessings to me and my family.
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Blessed is the Eternal Life-giver.

Sikhism

Sikhism does not promote fasting except for medical reasons. .The Sikh Gurus discourage the devotee from engaging in this ritual as it "brings no spiritual benefit to the person". The Sikh holy Scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib tell us: "Fasting, daily rituals, and austere self-discipline - those who keep the practice of these, are rewarded with less than a shell." (Guru Granth Sahib page 216).^ Those who fast differ in age.
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^ Thus, one who fasts becomes a spiritual and not a physical person.
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^ Virtues accompany fasting Those who fast and gain no benefit have done so in the wrong way.
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Other

.
  • The Bridegroom Fast - This fast was initiated by the leaders of the International House of Prayer, and is observed on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.^ How many years since you have passed observed the different fasts as well as the weekly Wednesdays and Fridays fasts?
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    .Based on Matthew 9:15, its focus is intimacy with Christ, who is described in the Bible as the bridegroom of the Church.^ From Moses, Elijah, and Daniel to Christ, the Bible is filled with fasters, who employed it to assist their purification and communion with God.
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    ^ The Apostles also fasted: As Christ fasted in the New Testament, so did the Apostles who fulfilled the Lord's commandment when He said: "When the bridegroom will be taken away from them, ...
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    .The fast is accompanied by services in Kansas City, which are freely accessible by webcast.^ Our fathers, the Apostles, began their service by fasting when they received the Holy Spirit, and it accompanied their spiritually acceptable service.
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    It is observed largely in charismatic circles.
  • Jeûne genevois (lit. "fast of Geneva") is a public holiday and day of fasting in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland, occurring on the Thursday following the first Sunday of September.
  • Rael teaches fasting for one 24-hour period per week, to give rest to the digestive system.

Medical application

Fasting is often indicated prior to surgery or other procedures that require anesthetics. .Because the presence of food in a person's system can cause complications during anesthesia, medical personnel strongly suggest that their patients fast for several hours (or overnight) before the procedure.^ The Holy Bible presents us with several examples of self- abasement in fasting since God cannot bear to see the humility of His children before Him.
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^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ A person may not benefit spiritually if they follow a non-spiritual method, even if he abstains from food until the ninth hour or even sunset.
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[25][26][27]. Additionally, certain medical tests, such as cholesterol testing (lipid panel) or certain blood glucose measurements require fasting for several hours so that a baseline can be established. In the case of cholesterol, the failure to fast for a full 12 hours (including vitamins) will guarantee an elevated triglyceride measurement.[28]
.People near the end of their lives sometimes consciously refuse food and/or water.^ After the flood water subsided, God said to our Father Noah and his sons: "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you.
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.The term in the medical literature is patient refusal of nutrition and hydration.^ The medical term for this pathological loss of appetite is anorexia, and very often these people can continue to refuse food until they starve and die.
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Therapeutic application

Prolonged fasting also has a long, albeit controversial, history as a form of medical treatment. Since the 1900s, hundreds of thousands of human fasts have been supervised and recorded. There are also recent studies on mice that show that fasting every other day while eating double the normal amount of food on non-fasting days can lead to improved insulin and blood sugar control, neuronal resistance to injury, and general health indicators. Punctuated fasting diets produced superior improvements compared with mice on 40% calorie restricted diets.[29][30] Alternate-day calorie restriction may prolong lifespan[31] and attenuate diseases associated with inflammation, oxidative stress and aging.[32]
.Partial fasting has been incorporated into some aspects of folk medicine, in which context it is referred to as a detox diet.^ Some think that fasting only is associated with food without God being a party to it .
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The concept derived from pre-scientific superstitions that poisons can develop within one's own body, and can be eliminated by purging, sweating or starvation.
Partial fasting can be dangerous, however. If the body is not in ketosis, then the brain and vital organs (which can burn either glucose or ketones) need 800 calories a day to have ample glucose. If less than 800 calories a day are consumed, the brain and vital organs are deprived of necessary glucose, causing damage and in some cases, death.[33] .Thus, fasting is only safe when the body enters and remains in ketosis during the fast.^ It appears as if fasting concerns two parties only: them and their food, or them and the body, without God being party to the fast in any way!!
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^ There is no doubt that if you attend to the health of your spirit the Lord will also grant you health to your body during the fasting period as previously explained.
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^ Although the body gets rid of many of them through its various methods of excretion, some remain and may be excreted through fasting...
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Political application

Fasting is often used as a tool to make a political statement, to protest, or to bring awareness to a cause. .A hunger strike is a method of non-violent resistance in which participants fast as an act of political protest, or to provoke feelings of guilt, or to achieve a goal such as a policy change.^ Such a person may say to himself: While fasting, I want to train myself to resist wasting my time and to make use of it.
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^ Those who fast without any spiritual act, such as prayer, contemplation, spiritual reading, Psalms, Hymns, or prostration, their fast becomes a useless burden.
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Notable annual events of such a nature are the famine events (such as the 30 Hour Famine) developed by World Vision to bring donation and awareness to end world poverty and hunger.
.Activists have also used fasting to bring attention to a cause and to pressure authority or government to act.^ A person of high profile or authority may even fast as a customary act, lest he should be embarrassed or for the sake of his reputation.
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For example, Canadian medical doctor and politician David Swann launched a seven-day fast in December 2007 to bring attention to the world's inaction on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. .On April 27, 2009, Mia Farrow began fasting for as long as possible to raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur; after 12 days she was advised to stop immediately by doctors.^ Many are those who long for fasting during the fifty-day period that follows Easter and during which there is neither fasting or continual prostration.
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^ There was also another collective fast during the days of the Prophet Joel (Joel 2:12).
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^ Doctors once told him that his blood had started to disintegrate after a long period of fasting.
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[34] Richard Branson agreed to continue in her place, taking a 3 day fast. Congressman Donald M. Payne and recording artist and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman took on the fast after Branson finished on May 11.[35]
In Northern Ireland in 1981, a prisoner, Bobby Sands, was part of the 1981 Irish hunger strike, protesting for better rights in prison. Sands had just been elected to the British Parliament and died after 66 days of not eating. His funeral was attended by 100,000 people and the strike ended only after 9 other men died. .In all, ten men survived without food for 46 to 73 days,[36] taking only water and salt.^ It appears as if fasting concerns two parties only: them and their food, or them and the body, without God being party to the fast in any way!!
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^ Self-control becomes a blessing for his life, not only during the time of fasting when we change the time and the food we eat, but also during the normal days.
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^ They were energetic, having strong hearts and were able to walk tens of kilometres a day without becoming tired.
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.In British India, the political and religious leader Mahatma Gandhi undertook several long fasts as political and social protests.^ In the life of the famous spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, we see that his fasting was the most manifest and distinctive feature of his life which he often used when faced with problems.
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Gandhi's fasts had a significant impact on the British Raj and the Indian population generally.

Spiritual fasting

.A prominent figure associated with “spiritual fast” was labor leader and activist, Cesar Chavez.^ In the life of the famous spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, we see that his fasting was the most manifest and distinctive feature of his life which he often used when faced with problems.
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.A spiritual fast is a particular fast that incorporates personal spiritual beliefs with the desire to express personal principles.^ Thus, one who fasts becomes a spiritual and not a physical person.
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^ The period of abstinence is left up to the Father confessor and to the spiritual condition of the person fasting.
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^ A spiritual person rejoices over the periods of fasting more than he does over feast days during which he eats and drinks.
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[37]. .This form of fasting is different from a hunger strike in that it is not participated in to achieve a certain political goal.^ If fasting is not bodily hunger but spiritual nourishment, then let us research what spiritual nourishment is and whether or not we achieve it while fasting.
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^ Kind of Food: I have talked about hunger and the period of abstinence, what remains is the topic of what are the different types of food appropriate for fasting.
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[37]. .Cesar Chavez regarded a spiritual fast as “a personal spiritual transformation”.^ Thus, one who fasts becomes a spiritual and not a physical person.
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^ The period of abstinence is left up to the Father confessor and to the spiritual condition of the person fasting.
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^ A spiritual person rejoices over the periods of fasting more than he does over feast days during which he eats and drinks.
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[38].This form of fasting differs from religious fasts in that the goals for participating in the fast do not have to promote religion upon the public. .In contrast, a spiritual fast is aimed at expressing a personal belief and is commonly used in the context of a social injustice.^ In the life of the famous spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, we see that his fasting was the most manifest and distinctive feature of his life which he often used when faced with problems.
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^ Such a person may say to himself: While fasting, I want to train myself to resist wasting my time and to make use of it.
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^ Use the verses you memorised for spiritual meditation and nourishment during your fast and use them for practical application.
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[37]. .For instance, in 1968 while active in movements for the UFW, or United Farm Workers (of America), Cesar Chavez fasted a legendary twenty five days, for his sins and the sins of his supporters[37].^ It is the longest of all fasts as it extents for fifty-five days, and it is the greatest in its sanctity as it is Christ's fast and commemorates His sacred suffering.
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^ The sinful fasts during the days of the Prophet Jeremiah: The Lord did not accept this fast and said to Jeremiah, "Do not pray for this people, for their good.
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^ It is true that a sin is a sin, but it is more horrible during Lent than during normal days because he who sins during any fast in general, and during Lent in particular, is actually committing a double sin.
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This fast was also focused specifically on promoting the principle of nonviolence. This was the first of many fasts of this sort. In 1970 Chavez began a fast of ‘thanksgiving and hope’ to prepare for pre-arranged civil disobedience by farm workers.[39] Also in 1972, he fasted in response to Arizona’s passage of legislation that prohibited boycotts and strikes by farm workers during the harvest seasons.[39] In Chavez’s case in particular, the fasts he engaged in were influenced by the Catholic tradition of doing penance and by Gandhi’s fasts and emphasis of nonviolence.[37] .The lack of an intended religious or political goal for the public, contributes to the mass appeal of spiritual fasts.^ Try to benefit from this fast, its hymns, readings, rites, spirituality and the afternoon Masses Our Fathers used Lent as an opportunity for preaching.
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[40]. After the success of several spiritual fasts “other progressive campaigns increasingly adopted the tactic”[41]

See also

References

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  12. ^ http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/khantipalo/wheel130.html#food
  13. ^ For further information, see The Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master by Venerable Yin-shun.
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  15. ^ a b Kallistos (Ware), Bishop (1964), The Orthodox Church, London: Penguin Books, pp. 75–77, 306ff, ISBN 0-14-020592-6 
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  17. ^ Old Orthodox Prayer Book (2nd ed.), Erie PA: Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ (Old Rite), 2001, pp. 349ff 
  18. ^ http://www.wvup.edu/academics/humanities/Oldaker/german_anabaptist_faith_groups.htm
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  21. ^ An explanation of Luther's Small Catechism: The Sacrament of the Eucharist, section IV: Who receives the Sacrament worthily? (LCMS). Retrieved 2009-10-15.
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  32. ^ Johnson JB, Summer W, Cutler RG, Martin B, Hyun DH, Dixit VD, Pearson M, Nassar M, Tellejohan R, Maudsley S, Carlson O, John S, Laub DR, Mattson MP. Alternate-day calorie restriction improves clinical findings and reduces markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in overweight adults with moderate asthma. Free Radic Biol Med. 2007 Mar 1;42(5):665-74. Epub 2006 Dec 14. PMID 17291990.
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  35. ^ http://fastdarfur.org/
  36. ^ The Starry Plough on 1981 Irish hunger strikes
  37. ^ a b c d e Garcia, M. (2007) The Gospel of Cesar Chavez: My Faith in Action Sheed & Ward Publishing p. 103
  38. ^ Espinosa, G. Garcia, M Mexican American Religions:Spirituality activism and culture(2008) Duke University Press, p 108
  39. ^ a b Shaw,R. (2008)Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the struggle for justice in the 21st century University of California Press, p.92
  40. ^ Leon, L. (2007)Cesar Chavez in American Religious Politics: Mapping the New Global Spiritual Line
  41. ^ Shaw,R. (2008)Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the struggle for justice in the 21st century University of California Press, p.93

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.Fasting consists of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for some period of time.^ Fasting is not substituting one food for another , and is not abstaining from food for a certain period.
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^ A spiritual person rejoices over the periods of fasting more than he does over feast days during which he eats and drinks.
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^ The fasting of our fathers, were not confined to specific periods, or the length of time, but also as form of monasticism, applied it to the kind of food they ate.
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.Most of the world's religions promote some sort of fasting on certain occasions.^ THE SPIRITUALITY OF FASTING By H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III INTRODUCTION Fasting is an important topic for all, as almost all nations and religions practice some form of fasting.
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“The best medicines are rest and fasting.” ―Benjamin Franklin
  • We were with the Prophet while we were young and had no wealth whatever. So Allah's Apostle said, "O young people! Whoever among you can marry, should marry...and whoever is not able to marry, should fast, as fasting diminishes his sexual power."
  • Is this the fast I have chosen? .A day for a person to afflict the soul, to bow the head like a reed and be covered in sackcloth and ashes—Do you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Eternal?^ Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the Lord?
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    ^ Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul?
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    ^ They fasted in lamentation and dressed in "sackcloth with ashes" until the Lord hearkened and saved them.
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    .Is not this the fast I have chosen: To loosen the chains of evil, to undo the bonds of oppression, to free the oppressed, to break every yoke.^ "Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
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    ^ Out of His concern for charity, the Lord said in Isaiah's prophecy: "Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness ...
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    ^ And every fasting authority I've read has said that you should not fast or should break your fast if you experience fear of fasting.
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    .Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the homeless poor into your home?^ Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?"
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    ^ Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter--" (Is 58:3-7).
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    .When you see the naked, clothe him and from your own flesh never hide.^ Do you give Him your heart as you do with your will?
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    ^ But the foods which you eat from the abundant table of God give strength and youth to your body, and you will never see disease.
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    ^ Did you experience a change in your behave in accordance with the soul and not with the flesh?
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    Then shall your light burst out like the dawn...

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  • Sincere rabbinical student, 27. Enjoys Yom Kippur, Tisha B'av, Taanis Esther, Tzom Gedaliah, Asarah B'Teves, Shiva Asar B'Tammuz. .Seeks companion for living life in the "fast" lane.^ The wise man shall have as his program of living, the gradual replacement of the false pleasures with our eternal companions, the noble pleasures of life."
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    ^ The Lord did not accept their fasts, prayers, and oblation because they lived an evil life and their hearts were not pure before Him.
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    ^ Martyrs were mostly those who lived a life of fasting, prayer, and asceticism.
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  • The White and the Black, the Woman and the Man, the Short and the Long
    • Mnemonic for remembering the six Jewish fasts.

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.Fasting is usually defined as a withholding of all natural food from the body for a determined period voluntarily appointed for moral or religious ends.^ Studies made on men and animals to determine losses of various tissues and organs in prolonged abstinence from food have almost all been made on organisms that have died of starvation.
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^ The scientist also states that in fasting the body does not get enough food and begins to dissipate its fats, grease, diseased and festered tissues, which are excreted by the body.
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^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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.This institution has found wide acceptance in all religious systems, although its forms and motives vary with different creeds and nationalities.^ Therefore we notice that even today the lunar system is used practically by all the religions the world over in one or the other form.

^ Names of catarrhal inflammations vary with the different locations, but it is all the same disease with the same general cause.
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^ Fasting clearly improves motivation and creative energy; it also enhances health and vitality and lets many of the body systems rest.
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The origin of fasting is disputed by various critics. .Some (e.g., Herbert Spencer) are of the opinion that it arose from the custom of providing refreshments for the dead; others (e.g., W. R. Smith) that it was merely a preparation for the eating of the sacrificial meal; others, again (e.g., Smend), attribute the custom to a desire on the part of the worshipers to humble themselves before their God, so as to arouse His sympathy; while still others think that "it originated in the desire of primitive man to bring on at will certain abnormal nervous conditions favorable to those dreams which are supposed to give to the soul direct access to the objective realities of the spiritual world" (Tylor, cited in "Encyc.^ There have been those time in our lives when our hearts overwrought with our sinfulness and we have done something that defiles God and we come before God and we are pleading for that cleansing.
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^ Sayyid Sabiq is of the opinion that it is preferred for the fasting person to eat a pre-dawn meal.

^ Fast then for God, before you are compelled to fast for medical reasons without any spiritual benefit to you.
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Brit." s.v.). .The Rabbis compared fasting to sacrifice, and considered the affliction of one's body as the offering up of one's blood and fat upon the altar (Ber.^ Fasting is not a hungry body but an ascetic one.
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^ But if the water arrives in the body then it will break the fast, so approaching ones wife without entering her and without ejaculating is similar and will not break the fast.

^ If you are susceptable to gout you may not want to fast or try it in short bursts and build up to longer ones.
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17a). .Examples may be quoted from the Bible to corroborate these varying opinions.^ These people too, may safely fast for varying periods.
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^ The Bible gives us examples of some of these rejected fasts.
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In Biblical Times.

.In olden times fasting was instituted as a sign of mourning (I Sam.^ When there is functional impairment, symptoms of impairment, sluggishness and unease, then is the time to institute what may be described as a preventive fast, A fast at this point need not be long.
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^ I had one man to fast for thirty-six days in my institution without a bowel movement, the bowels acting for the first time on the third day after the fast was broken.
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^ Jesus said this is not the time to fast, because we can't mourn.
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xxxi. 13; II Sam. i. 12), or when danger threatened (II Sam. xii. 16; comp. I Kings xxi. 27), or when the seer was preparing himself for a divine revelation (Ex. xxxiv. 28; Deut. ix. 9, 18; Dan. ix. 3; comp. B. M. 85a). That individual fasting was common among the early Jews is evident from the provision made (Num. xxx. .14) that a vow made by a woman "to afflict the soul" may under certain conditions be canceled by the husband.^ God Bless all of you and this website Have only made it 14 days in the past and it was very hard…May god be with me as I start this 40 day journey .
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^ Man instinctively fasts under certain conditions, as do the lower animals, and the rejection of food by the mentally ill is probably an instinctive act that will, if not interrupted, prove very beneficial.
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^ Ulcer disease is not something for which I usually suggest fasting, either, although fasting may be beneficial for other conditions present in a patient whose ulcer is under control.
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.More frequent, however, were the occasional fasts instituted for the whole community, especially when the nation believed itself to be under divine displeasure (Judges xx, 26; I Sam.^ Fasting of the whole nations: This is collective worship (and is other than special individual fasts).
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^ However, his fast becomes invalid, and if it is the month of Ramadhan, as an obligatory precaution, he should not drink more than that, and then for the rest of the day, refrain from all acts which would invalidate the fast.
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^ Many clinics and fasting practitioners do believe in fasting for ulcers, however.
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vii. .6, where it is conjoined with the pouring out of water before the Lord; Jer.^ Pour yourself before God, and say to Him: Save me, O'Lord, from this sin.
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xxxvi. 9; Neh. ix. 1), or when a great calamity befell the land (Joel i. 14, ii. 12), as when pestilence raged or when drought set in; and sometimes also when an important act was about to be carried out by the officials of the land (I Kings xxi. 12; comp. I Sam. xiv. 24). In Jonah iii. .6-7 it may be seen with what rigor an official fast was observed, while in Isa.^ The importance of these studies may be readily seen upon examination of the unique record of fasting, as regards its curative influence in the case of many specific diseases.
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lviii. 5 is given a description of a fast-day among the Jews. .For the attitude of the Prophets and of the Rabbis toward fasting see Abstinence; Asceticism.^ Hindus believe that the supreme state of Nirvana or the release of the soul from the body to become one with God can only be accomplished through intense asceticism, abstinence, and fasting.
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List of Fast-Days.

.Of regular fixed fast-days the Jewish calendar has comparatively few.^ I have decided, following a few days of recovery, I will continue fasting at least once a a week until this tragedy comes to an end.
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^ If a person delays observing qadha fasts of the month of Ramadhan for a few years, he should give the qadha and should on account of delay in the first year, give one mudd of food to a poor person for each day.
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^ In both cases regular bowel action began on the third day after breaking the fast and has since continued.
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.Besides the Day of Atonement, which is the only fast-day prescribed by the Mosaic law (Lev.^ On all days of Rajab and Shaban or on as many days as it is possible to fast, even though it may be one day only.
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^ Grace Miller says: April 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm I will water-only fast for at least one day, starting Monday April 27.
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^ Sindisiwe McDonald says: May 23, 2009 at 2:22 am I will go on a water only fast for the day on Sunday 24 May 2009.
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xvi. .29; see Atonement, Day of), there were established after the Captivity four regular fast-days in commemoration of the various sad events that had befallen the nation during that period (Zech.^ Day Four: K-tea/Juice Fast -- 29 December 1995 .
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^ There's no longer a day of atonement.
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^ And in commemorating that, we fast on the second and the fifth day.
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viii. 19; comp. vii. 3-5). .These were the fast of the fourth month (Tammuz), of the fifth month (Ab), of the seventh month (Tishri), and of the tenth month (Ṭebet).^ Other collective fasts, were " The fast of the fourth month, The fast of the fifth, The fast of the seventh, And the fast of the tenth" (Zech 8:19).
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^ Another woman's bowels acted on the fourth, fifth and seventh days of her fast.
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^ A woman who fasted under my direction in February, 1932, had a bowel movement on each of the fourth, tenth and fifteenth days of her fast.
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.According to some rabbis of the Talmud, these fasts were obligatory only when the nation was under oppression, but not when there was peace for Israel (R. H. 18b).^ It was declared to him during his fast about the acceptance of these nations.
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^ This, according to some observers, is the most important advantage of fasting.
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^ There are 2 fasting options: water only , and refugee rations (see below) that mirrors the rations people get in the refugee camps that we have observed.
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In the Book of Esther an additional fast is recorded (ix. 31; comp. iv. .3, 16), which is commonly observed, in commemoration of the fast of Esther, on the thirteenth of Adar, although some used to fast three days—the first and second Mondays and the Thursday following Purim (Soferim xvii.^ And in commemorating that, we fast on the second and the fifth day.
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^ The fast was broken on the evening of the thirteenth day.
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^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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4, xxi. 2).
.Many other fasts, in memory of certain troubles that befell Israel, were added in the course of time, a full list of which is given at the end of Megillat Ta'anit.^ After fasting, the human organism is like a dry sponge; it has a more intensive capacity for absorption than at other times.
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^ And, yes, of course, you can turn that responsibility over to a doctor or fasting specialist, and for many people this is the correct choice.
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^ This includes diabetes, asthma, cancer, alzheimer's, heart disease, memory loss, fibromyalgia, MS, and too many to even list here.
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.These were not regarded as obligatory, and they found little acceptance among the people.^ These people are trying to survive and are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they do.
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^ And then the book went on to give testimony after testimony of how people said they got all these things from fasting.
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^ These people eat, only because they honestly think that they must eat—regularly, every day, three times a day—to stay alive.
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The list, with a few changes as given in Shulḥan 'Aruk, Oraḥ Ḥayyim, 580, 2, marked in parentheses, is as follows:
1.
First of Nisan: the sons of Aaron were destroyed in the Tabernacle.
2.
Tenth of Nisan: Miriam the prophetess died; the well that followed the Israelites in the wilderness disappeared.
3.
Twenty-sixth of Nisan: Joshua the son of Nun died.
4.
Tenth of Iyyar: Eli the high priest and his two sons died, and the Ark was captured by the Philistines.
5.
Twenty-ninth (twenty-eighth) of Iyyar: Samuel the prophet died.
6.
.Twenty-third of Siwan: the Israelites ceased bringing the firstlings to Jerusalem in the days of Jeroboam.^ On the twenty-third day of the fast she had two spontaneous movements of the bowels-one at 5 a.
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Twenty-fifth of Siwan: R. Simeon son of Gamaliel, R. Ishmael son of Elisha, and R. Ḥanina the superior ("segan") of the priests were executed.
8.
Twenty-seventh of Siwan: R. Ḥanina son of Teradion was burned while holding a scroll of the Torah.
9.
Seventeenth of Tammuz: the tablets were broken; the regular daily sacrifice ceased; Apostemus burned the Law, and introduced an idol into the holy place; the breaking into the city by the Romans (Ta'an. 28b).
10.
First of Ab: Aaron the high priest died.
11.
Ninth of Ab: it was decreed that Jews who went out of Egypt should not enter Palestine; the Temple was destroyed for the first and the second time; Bether was conquered, and Jerusalem plowed over with a plowshare (ib. 29a).
12.
Eighteenth of Ab: the western light was extinguished in the time of Ahaz.
13.
Seventh (seventeenth) of Elul: the spies died in a pestilence.
14.
Third of Tishri: Gedaliah and his associates were assassinated in Mizpah (II Kings xxv. 25).
15.
Fifth of Tishri: twenty Israelites died, and Akiba was imprisoned and afterward executed.
16.
Seventh of Tishri: it was decreed that the Israelites should die by sword and by famine on account of the affair of the golden calf (see Meg. Ta'an. ad loc., ed. princeps, Mantua, 1514).
17.
Sixth (seventh) of Marḥeshwan: Nebuchadnezzar blinded King Zedekiah after he had slaughtered the latter's children in his presence.
18.
Seventh (twenty-eighth) of Kislew: Jehoiakim burned the scroll that Baruch wrote at the dictation of Jeremiah.
19.
.Eighth of Ṭebet: the Torah was translated into Greek in the time of Ptolemy; there was darkness in the world for three days.^ Peter Mursak says: April 30, 2009 at 4:19 am Now into day three of water only.
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^ It is suggested that we take several days, or half of our total cleansing time, to move back into our diet, which is hopefully a newly planned, more healthful diet.
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^ These people eat, only because they honestly think that they must eat—regularly, every day, three times a day—to stay alive.
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20.
Ninth of Ṭebet: incident not explained (death of Ezra, as mentioned in "Kol Bo").
21.
Tenth of Ṭebet: the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar began (II Kings xxv. 1; Jer. lii. 4).
22.
Eighth (fifth) of Shebaṭ: the righteous (elders) that were in the time of Joshua died.
23.
Twenty-third of Shebaṭ: the Israelites gathered to war with the tribe of Benjamin (Judges xx.).
24.
Seventh of Adar: Moses died.
25.
Ninth of Adar: the controversy between the house of Shammai and that of Hillel.
.The Polish Jews are accustomed to fast on the twentieth of Siwan on account of the atrocities committed on that day in 1648 by the Cossacks.^ It is true that a sin is a sin, but it is more horrible during Lent than during normal days because he who sins during any fast in general, and during Lent in particular, is actually committing a double sin.
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.Some pious Jews also fast every Monday and Thursday in commemoration of the destruction of the Temple, of the burning of the Torah, and of the desecration of God's name (comp.^ Erroneous and rejected fasts: Not every fast is acceptable, and some are rejected by God.
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^ Every fast or juice diet I've been on (over twenty at this point, ranging from three days to almost three full weeks) has produced some of the cited symptoms.
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^ Some are able to fast from Maundy Thursday up to the Easter Mass and others on the day preceding Christmas or Epiphany.
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Luke xviii. 12). .The first and second Mondays and the first Thursday of Iyyar and of Marḥeshwan, following the festivals of Passover and of Sukkot respectively, are recognized fasts in most Jewish communities, and were originally instituted to atone for the sins that might have been committed in the pursuit of pleasure during the holidays (Ḳid.^ That is why a sin committed during Lent is most offensive .
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^ The most outstanding of these fasts was the one undertaken by the whole population in distress, during the reign of Queen Esther, seeking God's mercy (Esther 4:3,16).
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^ During the fast, the body has the opportunity to redistribute its nutritive supplies the surpluses and non-vital supplies being consumed and utilized first.
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81a; Tos., s.v. "Soḳobo"; Oraḥ Ḥayyim, 492). .The burial societies observe a fast-day preceding their annual feast held in the evening.^ This is why fasting precedes every feast.
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^ The fast was broken on the evening of the thirteenth day.
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^ Fasting is not even a good treatment for those who are overweight; it is too temporary and may generate feasting reactions in people coming off the fast.
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.In some places it is observed on the fifteenth of Kislew; in some on the seventh of Adar; while others have other days for its observance (see Burial Society).^ I drank gallons of water and lots of juice and still feel and see some signs of dehydration on this last day of the experiment.
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^ Some are able to fast from Maundy Thursday up to the Easter Mass and others on the day preceding Christmas or Epiphany.
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^ Our club will join with other Oregonians on Wednesday for a day of fasting, some will continue for the rest of the year.
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.It is also customary to fast on the eve of New-Year's Day (Tan., Emor, s.v. "U-Leḳaḥtem"), while many fast during all the ten penitential days (Oraḥ Ḥayyim, 581, 2, Isserles' gloss).^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ John Fielder Note - It is INHS recommendation that all extended fasts beyond 3 days be carried out with supervision !
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^ And it was by the bed of a stream, many sick fasted and prayed with God's angels for seven days and seven nights.
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.Some pious Jews fast every Friday, so as to partake of the Sabbath meal with a hearty appetite (ib. 249, 3).^ Every fast or juice diet I've been on (over twenty at this point, ranging from three days to almost three full weeks) has produced some of the cited symptoms.
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^ I know that some who have lengthy fasts of 2 or more days experience tummy distress upon breaking a fast with a heavy meal.
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^ I know some very good and reputable naturopaths who make all their patients fast, and who say that by fasting every disease is curable.
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.The anniversary of the death of one's father or mother ("Jahrzeit") and the day of one's marriage are also observed as fasts (Yoreh De'ah, 402, 11, Isserles' gloss; Eben ha-'Ezer, 61, 1, Isserles' gloss).^ Grace Miller says: April 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm I will water-only fast for at least one day, starting Monday April 27.
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^ I had one man to fast for thirty-six days in my institution without a bowel movement, the bowels acting for the first time on the third day after the fast was broken.
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^ Tammy Pendleton says: April 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm I will fast one day a week on water only starting April 27.
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.The first-born fast on the eve of Passover in commemoration of the miracle which was performed in Egypt when all the Egyptian first-born were slain and those of the Israelites were saved.^ It is the longest of all fasts as it extents for fifty-five days, and it is the greatest in its sanctity as it is Christ's fast and commemorates His sacred suffering.
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^ As far as fasting symptoms, headache is not at all uncommon during the first day or two.
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^ When I first discovered fasting, 15 years ago, I felt as if it had saved my life and transformed my illnesses into health.
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.Besides these fixed fast-days, the Synagogue frequently imposed a fast-day upon the community when great calamities threatened the people.^ It appears that abstinence was communally practiced until the ninth hour and thus this passage was suitably placed to allow people to pray then eat their food.Since days of fasting cover the major portion of the year.
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^ During these seventeen days without a bowel movement the patient made great improvement.
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^ In a more adventurous mode, many people, even some who have never fasted, begin with a seven- to ten-day or even longer fast on fresh juices.
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.This right of the Synagogue had its origin in the fasts described in the treatise Ta'anit as having been instituted in early times when rain was late in coming.^ When there is functional impairment, symptoms of impairment, sluggishness and unease, then is the time to institute what may be described as a preventive fast, A fast at this point need not be long.
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^ I had one man to fast for thirty-six days in my institution without a bowel movement, the bowels acting for the first time on the third day after the fast was broken.
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^ So, bottomline, if your symptoms are too severe or if the whole scene suddenly just doesn't feel or seem right to you, that's the time for you to stop this particular fast.
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.If no rain fell on or before the seventeenth of Marḥeshwan, the learned and pious men of the community fasted three days—Monday, Thursday, and Monday.^ Sometimes they will continue to move regularly for the first three or four days of the fast.
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^ Grace Miller says: April 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm I will water-only fast for at least one day, starting Monday April 27.
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^ Although I'm been writing all day and also jogged three slow miles just before sundown, my energy level remains fairly stable.
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.In the case of continued drought, three more fasts were proclaimed, and, lastly, seven fast-days on successive Mondays and Thursdays were instituted.^ I cared for a case in my institution in February and March, 1929 in which the patient had a small bowel movement on the second day of an absolute fast, another on the fourth day, a copious movement on the ninth day and medium sized movements on the eleventh and thirteenth days.
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^ And it was by the bed of a stream, many sick fasted and prayed with God's angels for seven days and seven nights.
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^ There are organisms which have an excess of liquid, and in such cases it would be folly to give more liquid during the fast, for the organism has sufficient work to do to get rid of its own liquid.
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.These fasts were accompanied with many solemn ceremonies, such as the taking out of the Ark to the market-place, while the people covered themselves with sackcloth and placed ashes on their foreheads, and impressive sermons were delivered (Ta'an.^ Many people are fasting.
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^ Many religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and the Eastern religions, have encouraged fasting for a variety of reasons, such as penitence, preparation for ceremony, purification, mourning, sacrifice and union with God, and the enhancement of knowledge and powers.
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^ Such as those who fast bodily without paying attention to the virtues that accompany a fast.
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18a). .Fast-days were subsequently instituted in case any misfortune befeil the people, as pestilence, famine, evil decrees by rulers, etc.^ I cared for a case in my institution in February and March, 1929 in which the patient had a small bowel movement on the second day of an absolute fast, another on the fourth day, a copious movement on the ninth day and medium sized movements on the eleventh and thirteenth days.
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^ I had one man to fast for thirty-six days in my institution without a bowel movement, the bowels acting for the first time on the third day after the fast was broken.
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^ In a more adventurous mode, many people, even some who have never fasted, begin with a seven- to ten-day or even longer fast on fresh juices.
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(ib. 19a). .Examples of the latter were the fasts instituted by the Russian rabbis during the anti-Jewish riots early in the eighth decade of the nineteenth century.^ Another example of the association of fasting with reproduction is seen in the long fasts of salmon during the mating season.
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^ Some of the most remarkable examples of constructive work during a period of fasting is provided us by metamorphosing insects.
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^ Saint Makarius the Alexandrian, for example, fasted though out the year and ate only once week during the Holy Lent, while visiting the Monasteries of Saint Pachomius.
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Private Fasts.

Private fasts were frequent among the Jews from earliest times (Judith viii. 6; I Macc. iii. 47; II Macc. xiii. 12). .One may take it upon himself to fast on certain days, either in memory of certain events in his own life, or in expiation of his sins, or in time of trouble to arouse God's mercy (see Vows).^ Only one time did God ever command a fast.
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^ The female seal and bear, providing nutriment for their offspring while fasting, must draw upon their own tissues for the materials to meet the needs of their young.
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^ And it was by the bed of a stream, many sick fasted and prayed with God's angels for seven days and seven nights.
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.The Rabbis, however, did not encourage such abstinence Indeed, they positively forbade it in the case of a scholar, who through his fasting would be disturbed in his study; or of a teacher, who would thereby be prevented from doing his work faithfully; or of one pursued by robbers, who might become weak (Ta'an.^ Those who fast also differ in the type of work they do.
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^ Thus, one who fasts becomes a spiritual and not a physical person.
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^ He who hungers becomes aware of his weakness.
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11a). .In no case should one boast of his fasts to others, and even though he is asked he should try to evade the question, except when he has fasted in expiation of his sins; in this case acknowledgment may lead others to expiation likewise (Oraḥ Ḥayyim, 565, 6).^ Fasting for that reason may be sinful.
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^ Daniel actually even became so absorbed with the sins of others that he fasted.
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^ Or should I try a juice fasting instead?
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The fast undertaken in consequence of an evil dream has peculiar significance in Jewish law. .While in general no fast is permitted on Sabbaths or holidays, the Talmud permitted one to be undertaken even on these days, provided it be complemented later by another fast (Ber.^ IF generally includes eating one day and fasting the other.
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^ The fast was broken on the evening of the thirteenth day.
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^ Fasting is not even a good treatment for those who are overweight; it is too temporary and may generate feasting reactions in people coming off the fast.
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31b). .There are, however, various opinions among the later authorities regarding such a fast.^ There were times when people were in such severe danger that their fear forced them to fast.
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^ There are organisms which have an excess of liquid, and in such cases it would be folly to give more liquid during the fast, for the organism has sufficient work to do to get rid of its own liquid.
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^ The benefits are well know to ‘mainstream science’ however not many people are willing to fast even if it could save there life.
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.Some think that it may be observed on a Sabbath only after an evil dream has occurred three times, while others are of the opinion that it is not possible to distinguish at present between good and evil dreams, and that therefore one should not fast at all on the Sabbath.^ And I think that that is basically outlined in the only fast ever commanded in all the Bible.
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^ Therefore a fast may be justified from one point of view, but not from another.
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^ Fasting should be not as a one shot remedy that restores one to health for all time to come.
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.The custom is to fast if one dreams of the burning of a scroll of the Law, or the Day of Atonement during Ne'ilah service, or the beams of his house falling, or his teeth dropping out.^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ Conversely, when one fasts, the digestion system rests during the period of abstinence, and the light food, which is later eaten, does not trouble it.
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^ Grace Miller says: April 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm I will water-only fast for at least one day, starting Monday April 27.
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.The custom of fasting on such occasions has, however, lapsed into desuetude, and, as in the cases cited above, is discouraged by the Rabbis (Oraḥ Ḥayyim, 288).^ There are organisms which have an excess of liquid, and in such cases it would be folly to give more liquid during the fast, for the organism has sufficient work to do to get rid of its own liquid.
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^ The purpose of fasting in this case, however, is not to cure these problems but to help understand the relationship of foods, chemicals, or drugs to the mental difficulties.
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^ However, the effects of rejuvenescence are nevertheless very noticeable in the case of human fasting.
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.All Jewish fasts begin at sunrise and end with the appearance of the first stars of the evening, except those of the Day of Atonement and the Ninth of Ab, which last "from even till even."^ The fast was broken on the evening of the thirteenth day.
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^ These can be done at the beginning, midpoint, and end of the fast.
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^ Fasting is not even a good treatment for those who are overweight; it is too temporary and may generate feasting reactions in people coming off the fast.
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.There is no special ritual for the ordinary fast-days.^ There's no longer a day of atonement.
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^ There is no doubt that days of fasting belong to the Lord.
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^ There were no more bowel actions during the rest of the fast.
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The Law is taken out and the lesson from Exodus is read which treats of the thirteen qualities of mercy and of God's forgiveness at the supplication of the pious (Ex. xxxii. 11-14, xxxiv. 1-10). The same passages are read both at the morning and at the afternoon services, while at the latter the Hafṭarah is also read from Isa. lv. 6-lvi. .8. The Sephardim do not read the Hafṭarah on the afternoon of anyfast-day except the Ninth of Ab (see Ab, Ninth Day of).^ The ninth hour of the day actually coincides with three o'clock in the afternoon since the first hour of the day corresponds to six o'clock in the morning.
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^ Again on the ninth day he had a small evacuation and a very copious movement the afternoon of the twelfth day, and a small movement in the evening of the same day.
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.In the 'Amidah the prayer beginning with "'Anenu" is inserted, and in the morning service special seliḥot are provided for the various fasts.^ Fasting provides an opportunity for prayer.
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^ At the beginning of a fast, the enema may be taken morning or evening, but not less than eight hours after the last meal.
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.The giving of charity on a fast-day, especially the distribution of food necessary for the evening meal (Sanh.^ The fast was broken on the evening of the thirteenth day.
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^ If fasting every 2nd day is too difficult then even 1 day a week would be very beneficial to the body and mind.
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^ In a more adventurous mode, many people, even some who have never fasted, begin with a seven- to ten-day or even longer fast on fresh juices.
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.35a, and Rashi ad loc.), was much encouraged, in accordance with the rabbinic saying that "the reward of the fast-day is in the amount of charity distributed" (Ber.^ Grace Miller says: April 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm I will water-only fast for at least one day, starting Monday April 27.
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^ Sindisiwe McDonald says: May 23, 2009 at 2:22 am I will go on a water only fast for the day on Sunday 24 May 2009.
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^ Tammy Pendleton says: April 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm I will fast one day a week on water only starting April 27.
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6b).

Relation to Sabbath.

.The only fixed fast-day that may be celebrated on a Sabbath is the Day of Atonement; all the others, if they fall on a Sabbath, are postponed until the following day.^ How can they fast for days?
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^ On other fasts such as this one, I've broken them with all kinds of fruits: a single orange, a single banana, a delicious pear, and so on.
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^ Jane Orr says: May 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm I am starting my water fast only tomorrow May 7, 2009.
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.Private or public occasional fasts can not be held on any of the holidays, or on a new moon, or on any of the minor festivals (see Festivals), or during the month of Nisan, or on the week-days of the festivals.^ As a general rule, it is good to fast one day a week, unless there is some particular reason against it.
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^ If fasting every 2nd day is too difficult then even 1 day a week would be very beneficial to the body and mind.
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^ Those who find it difficult to fast one day a week can begin by undertaking a half-day's fast.
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.The Megillat Ta'anit enumerates many days of the year upon which no fast may be held, but the later Rabbis declare that one is not bound by these laws, and that therefore fasts may be instituted on any day except those mentioned (R. H. 19b).^ Therefore a fast may be justified from one point of view, but not from another.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ Fasting is not even a good treatment for those who are overweight; it is too temporary and may generate feasting reactions in people coming off the fast.
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.On a Sabbath it is forbidden to go without food until midday (Yer.^ That would be a minnimum of 16 hours going by without food.
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^ The first time I read that book, I knew I personally had to try going without food.
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^ (Dry fasting only recommend for experienced fasters) In total I go for over half the year without food or water, additionally I do at least two 15 Day water fasts.
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Ta'an. iii. .11), except when one is accustomed to eat late in the day and would injure himself by changing his custom (Oraḥ Ḥayyim, 288, 1, 2).^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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^ The eating every other day such as 1 day on – one day off extends life generally about 30 – 40 percent an average suggest many experiments.
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^ IF generally includes eating one day and fasting the other.
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.Except in regard to the Day of Atonement and the Ninth of Ab, the command to fast applies only to food and drink; all other acts, such as washing the body or anointing, are permitted.^ On other fasts such as this one, I've broken them with all kinds of fruits: a single orange, a single banana, a delicious pear, and so on.
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^ Some people may do a saltwater flush (drinking a quart of water with 2 teaspoons of sea salt dissolved in it) before their first day of food.
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^ The eating every other day such as 1 day on – one day off extends life generally about 30 – 40 percent an average suggest many experiments.
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.It is forbidden, however, to indulge in any unnecessary pleasures on these days: one should meditate on the significance of the fast and examine his own sins (ib. 568, 12).^ Try to discard on of these sins while fasting.
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^ Since the fasting period is a sacred spiritual, during which one aims to develop spiritually, it is proper that one should place before him, some spiritual drills to convert these spiritual desires into a practical mode of living.
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^ However, it should not be forgotten, that it is during our times of fasting that we deepen and strengthen our training and preparation for this enjoyment of God for other times of our life.
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.Even those who are permitted to eat, as pregnant or nursing women, should not have regular meals, but should take only as much food as is necessary, so that all may participate in the common sorrow (ib. 554, 5).^ Then there are those among this class who suffer almost as much when they do not eat as when they do.
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^ Fasting is not even a good treatment for those who are overweight; it is too temporary and may generate feasting reactions in people coming off the fast.
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^ Thus, the bishop who undertakes the ordainment fasts, the candidate for it also fasts, and all others who participate in these prayers.
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.The first nine days of Ab, and, with some, the period from the seventeenth of Tammuz to the tenth of Ab, are regarded as partial fasts, the eating of meat and the drinking of wine alone being forbidden.^ Some monks used to fast for days.
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^ I eat within a 4 hour periods each day.
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^ It is, therefore, most important to pay great attention to what is eaten in the first days and weeks succeeding the fast.
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See Ab, Fifteenth Day of; Atonement, Day of; Purim; Ta'anit; Tammuz, Fast of; Ṭebet, Fast of.
Bibliography: Maimonides, Yad, Ta'aniyyot, i.-v.; Shulḥan 'Aruk, Oraḥ Ḥayyim, 562-580; Lampronti, Paḥad Yiẓḥaḳ, Berlin, 1887; Hastings, Dict. Bible; Hamburger, R. B. T.; Nowack, Hebräische Archäologie, Leipsic, 1894; Smend, Alttestamentliche Religionsgeschichte, ib. 1893; W. R. Smith, Rel. of Sem. London, 1894; Monteflore, Hibbert Lectures, London, 1897; Oehler, Theologie des Alten Testaments, Stuttgart, 1891; Dembitz, Jewish Services in Synagogue and Home, Philadelphia, 1898.

In Islam.

.Fasting, which had no place in the oldest ritual practises of Islam, dates from the Medinian period of Mohammed's career.^ This may take place at any time, but it becomes more profound, more sincere and more powerful during the period of fasting.
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^ There is no doubt that if you attend to the health of your spirit the Lord will also grant you health to your body during the fasting period as previously explained.
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^ From the depth of spiritual fast, one gains spiritual strength that sustains him during his period of no fasting.
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The idea of fasting was not a spontaneous growth, but was adopted from the Jewish custom. Consequently the terms "ṣam" and "ṣiyam" had their original meanings altered to agree with the Hebrew "ẓaum."
.According to tradition, Mohammed at first introduced only one fast-day, similar to the Jewish Day of Atonement, and called it "'Ashura," which is identical with the Judæo-Aramaic word "'asor" (10th of Tishri).^ Sometimes they will continue to move regularly for the first three or four days of the fast.
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^ Usually only time will tell, yet if it is associated with the fasting and one or more of the common symptoms, it is likely a positive part of detoxification.
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^ It was once said that on one occasion, at the advent of Lent in the desert, a herald was sent calling upon monks and drawing their attention to the sacred fast.
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.Soon, however, he abandoned it (together with other customs borrowed from the Jewish ritual), and replaced it by an institution which he distinctly stated was adopted from an older custom ("O true believers, a fast is ordained unto you as it was ordained unto those before you, that ye may fear"; Koran, sura ii.^ Those of you who have no experience with fasting or juice dieting probably need more details.
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^ If you are susceptable to gout you may not want to fast or try it in short bursts and build up to longer ones.
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^ And, yes, of course, you can turn that responsibility over to a doctor or fasting specialist, and for many people this is the correct choice.
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179). .Instead of distributing a number of fast-days through the year, he appointed the month of Ramaḍan to form a continuous period of fasting, the fast to be kept from sunrise to sunset.^ A spiritual person rejoices over the periods of fasting more than he does over feast days during which he eats and drinks.
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^ Mary Titus wrote on June 2nd, 2009 Reply I have been doing a complete fast with one 24-hour day per month for nearly 30 of my 36 years as part of my religious experience.
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^ Sometimes they will continue to move regularly for the first three or four days of the fast.
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.To this he attached the following regulations, partly following, partly altering Jewish customs: Eating, drinking, and sexual intercourse were permitted during the night "until you can distinguish a white thread from a black thread in the dawn; then keep the fast until night; do not mix with the women, but retire to the places of worship" (ib. v.^ D wrote on November 27th, 2009 Reply Ensure you are exercising your muscles during a fast to avoid them being used as food.
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^ If you have dinner at 7 PM and not eat breakfast until, say 9 AM the next morning,you’ve spent 14 hours fasting naturally.
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^ It has been the custom for many churches during the days of fasting to hold banquets for the poor so as not to embarrass the poor by having them eat all by themselves, the whole congregation eat together.
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183). It is easily seen that most of these regulations are borrowed from the Day of Atonement in its rabbinic interpretation. .Tradition has preserved the following saying, attributed to Mohammed: "The breath of a fasting man is pleasanter to Allah than the odor of musk."^ Some of these animals fast for much longer periods than is possible for any man and do not die of or suffer from the much-feared poisoning by absorption from the colon.
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^ On the other hand, during a fast intermingled with prayer, man draws near to God and says to Him: Lend a hand to Your worshipper.
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^ Both man and animal, while fasting, must breathe and the heart must continue to pulsate.
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Bibliography: Geiger, Was Hat Mohammed aus dem Judenthume Aufgenommen? Hirschfeld, New Researches into the Composition and Exegesis of the Koran.
This entry includes text from the Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906.
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Fasting is a kind of abstinence. It is when someone does not eat or drink for some specified period of time. It is only the case if the person does so of his or her own will. It may also be that the person only eats and drinks certain kinds of food. Most often, fasting is done for religious reasons. Depending on the tradition, fasting practices may forbid sexual intercourse, (or any sexual desire), masturbation, as well as refraining from eating certain types or groups of food (e.g. meat).

Fasting for religious and spiritual reasons has been a part of human custom since pre-history. It is mentioned in the Qur'an, in the Mahabharata, in the Upanishads, and in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament.

In almost all cases, there are exceptions for observing the fasting. These are made for the following groups of people



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