Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A goal of fast days


For Tisha b'Av, which is observed Saturday night and Sunday:

"There are days when all Jews fast because of the troubles that have beset them on those days. The goal is to awaken the hearts, to open the paths of repentance... as we remember these things, we will return to do what is right, as it is written, 'And they shall admit their sins and the sins of their ancestors...'"

(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Fasts 5:1)

Be well,

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