10th Tevet – A Minor Fast With Major Lessons


Approximately 2500 yrs ago, Nebuchanezzar – the king of the Babylonians laid SIEGE to our Yerushalayim.

It was the beginning of the end. The walls were ultimately breached two years later on the 17th of Tammuz and the Temple destroyed (State of Israel) on the 9th of Av.

The prophet Jeremiah tried to get the nation to wake up and return to her roots and to Hashem. He was unsuccessful and we ended up going into the Babylonian exile.(Lasting 70 yrs as prophesied).

Today, we fast on all 3 dates – for the siege, the breach and the fires that burned down and destroyed the Temple.

The 10th of Tevet is also the day to remember Ezra the Prophet/Scribe who passed away on the 9th Tevet. Ezra -the leader who helped rebuild Jerusalem and the Second Temple.

And finally – the day is also the memorial day for the 6 million Jews annihilated during  the horrific Holocaust. This is in addition to Yom HaShoa.

The lesson : Dont let a bad situation snowball into a worse situation.

Wake up early – when messages are clear and the writing is on the wall!

Handing away land to an enemy, giving them weapons and thinking that by building a security fence, having the Iron Dome and giving work permits to Arab laborers will satisfy this enemy – AND EXPECTING A GREAT RESULT – IS LUNACY !!!

The 7th of October – was our siege date – our wakeup call – our national ECT or reset button! Today more than ever :

We need to show love to each other, love of Eretz Yisrael, and love/fear/respect/adherence to Hashem and His Torah! This combination is a winning one – an unbreakable bond  – AM YISRAEL, TORAT YISRAEL, ERETZ YISRAEL!

Article by Daniel Luria

Daniel Luria is the Executive Director and International Spokesman for Ateret Cohanim. He is considered a global expert on Jerusalem, with a focus on urban land reclamation initiatives. he is a sought after speaker, guide, and informal educator in relation to his work in Jerusalem.

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