Fasting and Teshuva

How does fasting help us to do Teshuva? Discomfort – When we fast, we’re uncomfortable. This discomfort can serve as an impetus for teshuva. Your lack of food creates an unwholeness, a lack of Shalame-ness, much like your averas create an unwholeness, a lack of Shalame-ness. By feeling this unwholeness in your life through the … [Read more…]

Asara b’Tevet (Tenth of Tevet)

Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia sieged Jerusalem on the Tenth of Tevet. Eighteen months later, on the 17th of Tammuz, he broke through the city walls. Three weeks later, on Tisha b’Av, the siege ended with the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash and the conquest of the Kingdom of Judah.  The Tenth of Tevet is thus … [Read more…]

Tzom Gedaliah

In Tanach, innumerable Jewish leaders are killed. Yet, between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, during these auspicious days, we have a fast day to remember the yahrzeit, the killing of, Gedaliah. What was unique about Gedaliah? The answer is, many things. This includes that Gedaliah was killed soon after the destruction of the first Bais … [Read more…]

Fast (10th of Tevet) by Shlermie

THREE FASTSThree fasts (another three) are connected to each other: the 10th of Tevet, the 17th of Tammuz, and the 9th of Av.  The Chochomim could have made the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av, a fast day and left it at that.  But, for obvious and less obvious reasons, they wanted Jews to memorialize more … [Read more…]