Sunday, September 28, 2014

Halocho #1431 - Today (Sunday) is a fast day; Zom Gedalya

On the 3rd of Tishrei גְּדַלְיָהוּ בֶּן אֲחִיקָם  was killed. After the destruction of the first Bet HaMikdash, נְבֻכַדְנֶאצַּר  appointed him Governor over the remnants of the Jews in Land of Israel . Once Gedalya was killed then they too were exiled or murdered and the land became desolate.

Some say that גְּדַלְיָהוּ בֶּן אֲחִיקָם  was killed on Rosh Hashanah and the fast was deferred till after Yom Tov. The verse in Melachim-II 25:25 merely says:

 וַיְהִי בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בָּא יִשְׁמָעֵאל בֶּן נְתַנְיָה בֶּן אֱלִישָׁמָע מִזֶּרַע הַמְּלוּכָה וַעֲשָׂרָה אֲנָשִׁים אִתּוֹ וַיַּכּוּ אֶת גְּדַלְיָהוּ וַיָּמֹת וְאֶת הַיְּהוּדִים וְאֶת הַכַּשְׂדִּים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ אִתּוֹ בַּמִּצְפָּה

This tragic event is the reason that today is a fast day. Since we could not fast yesterday as it was Shabbat.

The fast begins Sunday at dawn and ends at nightfall (a few minutes before the time for Motzai Shabbat).

Pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt from fasting. Anybody who isn't healthy shouldn't fast. When in doubt, consult your LOR (Local Orthodox Rabbi).

Children are not allowed to fast.

Those who are not fasting should limit their food intake to the bare minimum to remain healthy; only bread and water if possible.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 121:2, 9

Have a meaningful fast,

- Danny
Sunday, 4 Tishrei 5775

Please daven for 3 year old נָעֳמִי בַּת דִינָה who is being treated for lymphoma

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