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March 7, 2012 / attilashrugs

The Fast of Esther & Terry: Ta’anit Esther 5765

There is a Fast of Esther on Adar 13, prior to Purim. On March 24, 2005,  (Adar 13, 5765) Judge Greer denied a petition for intervention by the Department of Children & Families (DCF) and signed an order forbidding the department from “taking possession of Theresa Marie Schiavo or removing her” from the hospice and directed “each and every and singular sheriff of the state of Florida” to enforce his order. The order was appealed to the Second District Court of Appeals the following day, which resulted in an automatic stay under state law. (While the stay was in effect, Florida Department of Law Enforcement personnel prepared to take custody of Terri and transfer her to a local hospital for reinsertion of the feeding tube. Once Greer was made aware of the stay, he ordered it lifted and all parties stood down. Governor Bush decided to obey the court order despite enormous pressure from the political right.) THUS TERRY’S FAST BEGAN ON TA’ANIT ESTHER!
In 2005, it was on Thursday Mar 24, 2005 Ta’anit Esther (Fast of Esther) was observed. “Terry” in her case was derived from Theresa.  However, Theresa is “Esther” Hellenized. In fact I had an Aunt Terry, whose actual name was Esther.

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