web analytics
July 30, 2015 / 14 Av, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Google Makes a Fast (of Esther) Error

Google had a good idea on how to present the data.The only problem is, the data is wrong.
Google's Fast of Esther Error

Photo Credit: Google Screenshot

It’s not often you get to be the first (I hope) to catch an error on Google. So when I found a Google error this morning, I though it was so cool.

I wanted to learn more about the Fast of Esther, so I Googled, “Fast of Esther”.

I was quite (pleasantly) surprised to see the big box on top of the results with the date information on the fast. I guess that’s a new Google feature.

But what surprised me more, was that it said that the fast began yesterday evening, particularly, when right below it, in Wikipedia, it says the fast began at sunrise this morning.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about the fast:

 The Fast of Esther (Ta’anit EsterHebrew: תַּעֲנִית אֶסְתֵּר‎) is a Jewish fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim. It is a common misconception that this fast was accepted by the Jews for all future generations during the time of Esther, as it is stated in the Book of EstherThey had established for themselves and their descendants the matters of the fasts and their cry (Esther 9:31). This verse actually refers to the four fasts which relate to mourning for the Temple. Rather, the first mention of this fast is a Minhag that is referenced in the Gaonic period.[1] Recently, Mitchell First has written a detailed study of the origin of the fast and provided an explanation for its arisal in the Gaonic period.[2]

The Fast is observed on the 13th day of the Hebrew month of Adar. If the date of the Fast of Esther falls on Shabbat (Saturday), the fast is instead observed on the preceding Thursday, as is the case in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.[citation needed]

As the Fast of Esther is not one of the four public fasts ordained by the Prophets, the laws concerning its observance are more lenient; pregnant women, nursing mothers, and those who are weak are not required to observe it.[3] (Note: in certain situations a weak, sick, or pregnant person is not required or even permitted to observe any Jewish fast day; a rabbi should be consulted to determine the law for one’s specific situation.[citation needed])

Misconceptions

It is generally accepted in the rabbinic tradition that the original three-day “Fast of Esther” mentioned in chapter 4 of Book of Esther occurred on the 14th, 15th, and 16th days of Nisan, these being the eve and first two days ofPassover.[4] They fasted on Passover because Esther reasoned it would be better to fast on one Pesach lest they all be destroyed and thus never be able to observe the holiday in the future. The 13th of Adar was a fast day for the warriors while going out to battle, as it is believed to have been customary to fast during the battle in order to gain divine favor. Because fasting during Passover would be inappropriate in almost all circumstances, the “Fast of Esther” became attached to the eve of Purim, the 13th of Adar.[4]

Dates observer

The Gregorian date for the Fast of Esther in 2013 is Thursday, February 21st, from sunrise until nightfall.

How do you contact Google to let them know they’ve made a mistake?

 

[Editor’s note: This is a blog post that we cross-posted into News]

About the Author: JoeSettler blogs at The Muqata.blogspot.com and occasionally on his own blog at JoeSettler.blogspot.com.

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.

If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Google Makes a Fast (of Esther) Error”

  1. Steven Jay Klein says:

    I noticed the same error this morning, and likewise searched in vain for a place to report the error. For what it's worth, they've fixed it.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. July 29, 2015.
Bibi on Iran Deal: ‘We Aren’t Partners at the Table, We Are a Meal on the Menu’ [VIDEO]
Latest News Stories
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. July 29, 2015.

Kerry justifies keeping Iran deal “side deals” from the American public, while skipping Israel on ME trip.

Pope John Paul II and Chief Rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff

The exhibition “A blessing to one another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People,” opened on Tuesday in the Vatican.

Best Western Eretz Copacabana

Rio De Janeiro’s Jewish community will open two synagogues to accommodate Jewish visitors at the 2016 Olympics.

2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin

Israel said the report is “fundamentally flawed in its methodologies, in its facts, in its legal analysis and in its conclusions,” and one-sided, bringing “into serious question Amnesty’s professional standards.”

“I think what Mike has done has hit a nerve and he’s made people think a little bit.”

The Prime Minister approved construction of the homes after the High Court ordered demolitions of homes under construction.

The White House said Pollard’s serious crimes’ preclude his being allowed to travel abroad.

“Those who were highly connected to Israel were more likely to perceive their campus environment as hostile toward Jews and Israel and to report being blamed for Israel’s action.”

In explaining the confidential agreement between the IAEA and Iran, Moniz recalled a similar one between the agency and South Africa in the early 1990s.

Israel’s Air Force allegedly eliminates child-killer Samir Kuntar in Syrian Golan Heights.

The film will be based on Martin Blank’s play “The Law Of Return,” about Pollard’s work for the US Navy, and the process of his becoming a spy.

Dreinoff House, Beit El, July 29, 2015. Photos by Hillel Meir / Tazpit News Agency.

The solar energy field of at Kibbutz Ketura cost $79 million and consists of 140,743 solar panels.

The suspects belonged to an infrastructure that tried to disrupt the May 2014 visit of Pope Francis.

At least two reliable sources reported that Mullah Omar, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, has died.

By noon Wednesday, Israeli forces were demolishing two buildings in Beit El.

More Articles from JoeSettler
A soldier manning one of the many roadblocks into Gush Katif as a policeman looks on, making sure the soldier was following orders.

We asked the soldiers, what will you tell your children you did during the Disengagement?

Stop Iran Rally

The “Stop Iran” rally was a voice of sanity coming from the American people, and directed at Senator Chuck Schumer who holds the keys…

The President was right, every Jew should have a gun. He just asked the wrong person about it.

Let’s make these flotilla activists useful, by sending them to Syria.

Will Israel’s trauma from Lebanon prevent Israel from helping reshape the Middle East in our favor?

Schabas can’t understand how Hamas might commit war crimes, but not Israel.

The RAND report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a fatally flawed document that offers an unattainable utopian economic vision based on incorrect, impossible, undesirable and immoral assumptions.

The RAND report’s hypothetical scenarios are based on false assumptions, immoral considerations, failed concepts and impossible scenarios.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/google-makes-a-fast-of-esther-error/2013/02/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: