Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 5 years ago

Do Jewish people fast the way the Pharisees did in the 1st century?

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    How do you believe the Pharisees of the 1st century to have fasted??

    The "Pharisees" of the New Testament are largely the invention of anti-Jewish propaganda of the Second Century.

    A Pharisee (Perushi in Hebrew) is a person who devotes his life to the study and elucidation of the Jewish scriptures -- a sage, a teacher, a judge.

    Ezrah was a Perushi -- as it says --

    (Nehemiah 8)

    Now all the people gathered as one man to the square that was before the Water Gate, and they said to Ezra the scholar to bring the scroll of the Law ...

    And Ezra the priest brought the Law before the congregation, both men and women, and all who could hear with understanding...

    And he read in it before the square ...from the first light until midday in the presence of the men and the women and those who understood...

    And Ezra the scholar stood on a wooden tower that they had made for the purpose...

    And they read in the scroll, in the Law of God, distinctly, and gave sense, and they explained the reading to them.

    In Hebrew "Meporash" - same word that the English "to parse" comes from --

    ie: "Ezra parsed the Torah for them"

    So --

    Yes -- Jews today follow the law of Moses as it was taught by teachers from Moses' time to our own.

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