General Issues of Fasts

A fast can only be effective if Jews who have sinned [and are now repenting] participate, as symbolized by the chelbanah in the ketoret [Temple incense]: Keritot 6b
The Reward for Fast Days is in giving Charity to support Paupers afterward: Berachot 6b (see Rashi)
Whether one is permitted to cause pain to himself, by voluntarily refraining from something: Nedarim 10a
Fasting as a form of prayer: Sotah 12a
The value of committing to fast at a future date, even if one cannot fast right now: Taanit 8b
Having a gathering in the morning for self-examination of transgressions: Megillah 30b
Working on a fast day: Megillah 22b
Keeping an extra day of fasting for calendar error: Pesachim 54b
The main part of the suffering, in terms of commemorative fasting, is the initial stage: Taanit 29a
Whether it is better to have a "bent" or straight heart: Rosh HaShanah 26b
What time fasting starts: Pesachim 2b
Tasting food without swallowing: Berachot 14a [See Tos. #2]
Fasting in repentance for having fasted on a day when fasting isn't allowed: Rosh HaShanah 18b
Fasting on the day before or day after a holiday: Eruvin 41a; Rosh HaShanah 19a
Fasting on a Friday, up until Shabbat: Eruvin 40b-41b; Taanit 27b

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