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Eating Before Alos on Rosh Chodesh

Does eating before Alos hashachar on Rosh Chodesh help for not fasting on Rosh Chodesh?

Answer:

No, this does not help.

For days on which it is forbidden to fast, which include Rosh Chodesh, one must eat specifically after Alos Hashachar; the time before Alos Hashachar is still considered the previous night, and therefore eating at this time will not be “breaking the fast.”

See Beis Yosef, Orach Chaim 418-9, and commentaries to Shulchan Aruch 418. It is clear from Se’if 3 that the obligation to eat (and prohibition to fast) applies after Alos Hashachar, which is when a private fast begins.

Best wishes.

 

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