Does everybody have to fast on Taanit Esther? Who has to fast on this day?
Thanks very much.
Although Taanis Esther is the most lenient of the public fast days, it remains a fast day, and everybody has to fast in principle.
Thus even women fast on Taanis Esther. However, this is (as noted) the most lenient fast, so that somebody who doesn’t feel well (even a little), and certainly a pregnant or nursing woman, should not fast.