ושבעה עשר בתמוז הפך לנו לשמחה ולששון
The Brisker Rav said in the name of his father R.Chaim, that "when
Chazal established the four fasts, It was not that they established the fasts
and then exempted the חולה (sick) from fasting.
They established the fasts specifically only for healthy people and not
for the sick.
Therefore, there is no point for a חולה to be Machmir in fasting. If one
does go ahead and fasts it is not considered participating in the
Some Poskim* add that according to R.Chaim if חולים are part of and are needed
to complete the Minyan then you might not be allowed to Lain
ויחל since there is no Minyan of Yidden who are participating in the fast
even if all ten are fasting.
Mori V'rabi Harav Hagaon
R. Shlomo Miller Shlita said in jest that perhaps we can add
one more Brisker Chumra, "not
to give an Aliya on a fast day to anyone who might be a חולה."
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