A note from the staff of Kabbalah Online in Tzefat
This Friday is the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, the
only fast of the year that is allowed to take place on Friday, Erev Shabbat.
It commemorates the onset of the siege outside the walls of Jerusalem that led
to the destruction of the Holy Temple on the Ninth of Av 3 years and seven
In our times, it has also become the date to say Kaddish for those
martyrs of the Holocaust (and all the others through the centuries) whose date
of death is unknown.
The first two articles touch on this latter theme.
Articles 5-7 are for this week's Torah Reading, the last in the Book of Genesis,
Chazak, chazak, v'hit'chazeik!
In memory of all the Jewish martyrs through the
whose date of death is unknown,
for whom therefore Kaddish is said on the
Fast Day of 10 Tevet (this year: Fri. Dec. 13)