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19 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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The Fast of 10 Tevet E-mail

On the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet, in the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later on 9 Tammuz 3338 the city walls were breached, and on 9 Av of that year the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

The 10th of Tevet (this year, 1 January, 2015) is observed as a day of fasting, mourning and repentance. We refrain from food and drink from daybreak to nightfall, and add Selichot and other special supplements to our prayers. The fast ends at nightfall or as soon as you see three medium sized stars in the sky. We recite the Friday night Kiddush, then break the fast.

More recently, the day was chosen to also serve as a “general kaddish day” for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown.

An ancient Jewish custom, which was revived by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, is to deliver words of inspiration that arouse the soul to repent on fast days.

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