Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The 17th of Tammuz


Sunday July 20th is the fast of the 17th day of the month of Tammuz, and it begins a three-week national Jewish mourning period. [In Allentown the fast begins at 4:36 AM and ends at 9:10 PM.] We'll spend some time discussing this fast, and the three week period of national mourning it initiates.

On the 17th of Tammuz one neither eats nor drinks, but - unlike the fasts of Tisha b'Av and Yom Kippur - one may wear leather shoes and wash normally.

Be well,

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