Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Asarah b'Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet


"And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it. They built forts against it, all around. The city was besieged until the eleventh year of king Zedekiah."

(Kings II 25:1-2)

This was the siege that led to the destruction of the first Beit haMikdash, and so the day the siege began - the 10th day of the 10th month, which is Tevet - is marked by Jews worldwide as a day of fasting.

This year, the fast is Wednesday December 19th. In Allentown, it begins at 6:08 AM and ends at 5:19 PM.

Have an easy and meaningful fast,

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