Asarah B’ Tevet

 Tomorrow (Friday) is a minor fast day, Asarah B’Tevet (Tenth of Tevet, Hebrew: עשרה בטבת) , observed from before dawn to nightfall to commemorate the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia—an event that lead to the destruction of Solomon’s Temple (the First Temple) and the conquest of the Kingdom of Judah (today southern Israel).As the fast falls on Erev Shabbat this year, fasting ends at sundown when Shabbat begins.

“And it was in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth (day) of the month, that Nebuchadnetzar, King of Babylon came, he and all his hosts, upon Yerushalayim, and he encamped upon it and built forts around it. And the city came under siege till the eleventh year of King Tzidkiyahu. On the ninth of the month famine was intense in the city, the people bad no bread, and the city was breached” (Second Melachim 25).

 

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