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Fast of Gedaliah

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Fast of Gedaliah: fast on the third of Tishrei, commemorating the assassination of Gedaliah ben Achikam, governor of the First Jewish Commonwealth in the Holy Land; after this assassination, Jewish autonomy came to an end
What, why and how we mourn on the day after Rosh Hashanah
In memory of Gedaliah’s tragic death and its disastrous aftermath, we fast every year on the 3rd of Tishrei, the day after Rosh Hashanah.
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...
Days of Opportunity
The Jewish calendar contains several fast days, most of them commemorating various landmark events that revolve around the destruction of the Holy Temples. Learn how these days are observed.
The Last Embers of Jewish Sovereignty
“A Day of Divine Goodwill” A fast day is described as “a day of Divine goodwill.”Yeshayahu 58:5; see the explanation in Tanya, Iggeres HaTeshuvah, ch. 2. One reflection of G‑d’s favor is the Torah reading of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy in the morning...
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylonia, had completely subdued the Kingdom of Judah and destroyed its capital, Jerusalem, and its most sacred shrine, the Holy Temple. He permitted the poorer classes to remain in Judah, and appointed Gedaliah as their governor.
The Fast of Gedaliah, 10 Tevet, Fast of Esther, and 17 Tammuz
It is a mitzvah, ordained by the prophets, to fast on those days on which tragic events occurred to our forefathers.
A detailed look at the laws of Rosh Hashanah.
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