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Tammuz 17 (Fast)

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Tammuz 17 (Fast): fast commemorating five calamities, including the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem during the Roman siege that led to the destruction of the Holy Temple
The 17th of Tammuz is a fast day that marks the beginning of a period of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem. But as a matter of fact, this day bore tragedy for Jews even before the walls of Jerusalem were breached. Indeed, ther...
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...
The 17th of Tammuz, the Three Weeks, and the Nine Days
Learn the laws and customs for the mourning period of the “Three Weeks,” which begin with the fast of 17 Tammuz, and culminates with the fast of Tisha B’Av.
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)
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 ...
The prayers for the fast of 17 Tammuz begin: “Permit G-d no silence, until He sets and establishes Jerusalem as the praise of the earth." The Rebbe asks 'How can we challenge G-d?'
An Introduction to the Three Weeks
This class begins with a history of the three-week period of mourning for the Destruction of the Holy Temple and continues with an analysis of a prophecy of Jeremiah that hints to the future transformation of "bitterness into sweetness."
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The numbers and letters of destruction and renewal
The mystical secrets hinted at by the numbers in the dates associated with the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—the 17th day of Tammuz, the 9th day of Av, and the three weeks or twenty-one days between them.
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