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Gedaliah ben Ahikam

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Gedaliah ben Ahikam: (a) (d. 423 BCE) After Nebuchadnezzar exiled most of the Jews from Israel, he appointed Gedaliah to govern those who remained. Gedaliah advocated submission to Babylon as a means of ensuring continued partial Jewish autonomy, and under his administration, the Jewish colony prospered. When he was assassinated by political rivals, the Jews scattered and all remaining vestiges of Jewish autonomy were lost. His assassination is commemorated yearly with the Fast of Gedaliah. (b) A common Jewish name.
Every year, we fast to commemorate the death of Gedaliah. How much do you know about this man, and why his passing was so tragic?
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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.
423 BCE
Tishrei 3rd is a fast day mourning the assassination of the Jewish royal Gedaliah ben Achikam, governor of the Land of Israel for a short period following the destruction of the First Temple. Gedaliah's killing spelled the end of the small remnant of a Je...
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 kings of Judah. Bamos. Prophecy. The destruction of the First Holy Temple. Gedaliah.
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A biblical history of the Jews
Concluding our lessons on the Jewish kings, this lesson covers the last kings of Judah from the reign of Hezekiah until the final king, Zedekiah, in whose time the First Temple was destroyed.
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