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The transformation of fast days in the messianic era
In analyzing Maimonides' description of the future transformation of the current fast days into days of celebration in the Messianic era, this class sheds new light on the nature of things to come. (Likutei Sichos volume 15, p. 412)
Meditation for a Public Fast
There is an ancient custom that on a public fast day, the rabbi delivers a special sermon known as "divrei kivushin" (lit. "words that conquer the heart.")
What a fast day is really about.
The fast of the Tenth of Tevet commemorates the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem (588 BCE), which culminated in the destruction of the first Temple. It is always observed in the week before or after the Torah reading of Vayigash, which relates the story of t...
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.
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 ...
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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