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What is the 10th of Tevet? To learn, I emailed one of the Rabbis in my Rabbinic Rollodex.
I totally forgot until just now. Tomorrow I am fasting, or maybe it is today?
- When does the fast start?
- And when does it end?
- And where can I read about why I am fasting?
Yes, I actually wrote Oy.
I haven’t yet received a response, so I resorted to other measures. According to Wikipedia, “Historically, the fast [on the 10th of Tevet] commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia – an event that began on that date and ultimately culminated in the destruction of Solomon’s Temple (the First Temple) and the conquest of the Judah (nowadays: southern Israel).”
Pretty weighty stuff, and worth fasting for. I ’m grateful that I had that extra bowl of pasta before bed.
I didn’t grow up with the most comprehensive Jewish education, but fortunately I have some amazing Jewish friends and mentors. And because of these friends, the strong traditions that my parents taught me, and the lessons that I learned from Jewish Summer Camp (shout out to bunk 8), I’m continuing to grow in my Judaism and learn about aspects of it like the 10th of Tevet.