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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
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“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.
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