Fast DaysDuring the month of Tevet, three fast days are observed, the 8th, 9th and 10th of the month, in commemoration of three major calamities which befell the People of Israel.
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Some Reasons for the FastsAccording to Jewish tradition, on the 8th day of Tevet, at the beginning of the Greek Era, the Torah was translated into Greek by the decree of King Ptolemy. This day was regarded as equally calamitous for Israel as the day on which the Golden Calf was made.
The 9th day of Tevet commemorates the death of both Ezra the Scribe and Nehemiah, two of our greatest leaders who faithfully led Israel during the return from Babylonian captivity.
On the 10th day of Tevet the Kingdom of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem, leading to the ultimate destruction of the First Temple in the year 586 B.C.E.
In modern day Israel, the 10th of Tevet has been designated as Yom Hakaddish Haklali, the day on which we mourn for those whose date or place of death is unknown.
Awakening Hearts and MindsThe purpose of fasting during Tevet is not primarily the grief and mourning which these days evoke. Their aim is rather to awaken the hearts and minds of Jews towards repentance; to recall to us all, both the evil deeds of our fathers and our own evil deeds. Consequently, we subjugate our evil inclination by restriction of pleasure.
People who fast on the 10th day of Tevet, but engage in pointless activities, only grasp what is of secondary importance. Repentance alone, without fasting, is also considered insufficient. There is a positive commandment of Rabbinic origin to fast on this solemn day.
Etz-Ron in USAFor those of you who missed the Biennial in San Diego, Etz-Ron will be in the USA at the following venues: In Deerfield,IL, mid February, at the 2008 All Judaic and Jewelry Fair, and in White Plains, NY, beginning of March, at the 15th Annual Judaica Craft Show. Mark your calendars now!
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