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Observing Hired Fasts and Their Manner

Q: Assuming one accepts to be hired in order to observe the fasts of a deceased person, ought one to observe them without delay? And assuming one can’t fulfill one’s hiring contract, may one pass on one’s responsibility to another person?

A: Assuming the hiring person had determined a set time frame or had hinted at observing the required fasts without delay, he/she cannot delay the fasts; otherwise, delaying them is unproblematic unless it leads to one’s negligence in relation to them. Furthermore, if the hired desires to pass on one’s responsibility to another, this must be done with the permission of the hirer.

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