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When the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av coincide with Shabbat
The sages of the Talmud debate whether a fast day that falls on Shabbat is postponed to Sunday or dismissed entirely. In exploring these views, this class addresses the inner dimension of the commands to delight in the Shabbat and to fast on specific days...
Meditation for the Fast of Gedaliah
The day after Rosh Hashanah is a public fast day commemorating the assassination of Gedaliah ben Achikam, who was governor of the Land of Israel for a short period following the destruction of the First Temple. This day is also an especially propitious ti...
Meditation for the Public Fast of Esther
The meaning of the public fast (Fast of Esther) observed on the day before Purim.
Five times a year we read this prayer, on each of the five traditional days of fast
17 Tammuz, 5743 · June 28, 1983 In Jewish tradition, a communal fast day is an auspicious time On High. This Divine favor then manifests itself in this world below, and can be intensified by man’s deeds. Maimonides writes that fasting is one of the paths ...
Behab (בה"ב) is comprised of three Hebrew letters: bet – the second letter of the alphabet; hey – the fifth letter; and again bet. The sequence stands for Monday, Thursday and Monday. (As the Jewish week begins on Sunday, the morrow of the Shabbat, Monday...
On the tenth of the Hebrew month of Teves, Nebuchadnezzar and the armies of Babylon laid siege to the holy city of Jerusalem. This led to the eventual destruction of the first Holy Temple on the ninth of Av.
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