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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Halachic Times (Zmanim)
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Fast of Tevet 10
Jewish History

On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later -- on Tammuz 17, 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.

Link: Asarah B'Tevet

Laws and Customs

Tevet 10 is observed as a day of fasting, mourning and repentance, in remembrance of the siege of Jerusalem. We refrain from food and drink from daybreak to nightfall, and add the Selichot and other special supplements to our prayers. (More recently, Tevet 10 was chosen to also serve as a "general kaddish day" for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown.)

Links:
Learn about Tevet 10
Essays and Stories on the Holocaust

Daily Thought

The real purpose of your business is to reconnect all the fragments of your world back to their Creator. The gauge of your success is your own self-perception.

If you see yourself as a victim of circumstance, as though your bread is in the hands of a mindless, heartless place called “the real world,” then your world is still something separate from your G‑d.

But if you have the confidence that He is always with you in whatever you do—and because that’s so, all you do is honest and upright, your business benefits all stakeholders and a percentage goes to charitable causes…

…then your earth is tied to the heavens, and since in the heavens nothing is lacking, so too it shall be in your world.