Monday, January 5, 2009

Halocho #241 - Why do we fast tomorrow?

Tomorrow - 10 Tevet - we fast to commemorate the beginning of the siege against Jerusalem.
In the year 3,338 the wicked King Nebuchadnezzar laid siege against Jerusalem which culminated in the destruction of the first Bet Hamikdash, a year and a half later.
This is the King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in whose court Daniel (who survived the lion's den) served.
The purpose of the fast is to awaken us to repent; if the Bet Hamikdash has not been rebuilt then we suffer from similar deficiencies that caused it to be destroyed.
Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 121:3
- Danny
 Monday, 9 Tevet 5769
Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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