Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Asarah b'Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet


The fast of Asarah b’Tevet, the 10th day of Tevet, marks the beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem. It led to the destruction of the First Beit haMikdash, and the exile of the Jews to Babylon.

Wednesday December 19th is Asarah b'Tevet. Here in Allentown we fast from first light, at 6:08 AM, until the stars emerge at 5:19 PM.

As we are taught regarding every fast other than Yom Kippur, the main merit of the fast is in donating to charity the money we would have spent on food.

(Talmud, Berachot 6b; Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 549:1; Mishneh Berurah 549:2)

Have an easy and meaningful fast,

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