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Fast of Tammuz 17

Fast of Tammuz 17

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Some folks take the fast day seriously, complete with the sack cloth and ashes thing, which is commendable. I’m just sitting here, at my keyboard, trying to be productive while the only think on my mind is my morning coffee, which I didn’t get.

So, for now, feeling grumpy and missing my caffeine fix are the extent of my sincere sense of mourning for the really lousy things that happened on this day in Jewish history thanks to Chabad.org for making a writer’s life easy):

Moses broke the tablets when he saw the Jewish people worshipping the Golden Calf.

During the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, the Jews were forced to cease offering the daily sacrifices due to the lack of sheep.

A general named Apostomos, who was either a Roman subduing occupied Judea, or a Greek in Maccabee time, burned the holy Torah.

An idol was placed in the Holy Temple, the offender being either the above mention Apostomos, or Menasheh, King of Judea.

The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, in 69 CE,

I was thinking today, what if the Women of the Wall were to come to the Kotel to share in our pain on the 17th of Tammuz, in sack cloth and ashes? Would have made their whole Rosh Chodesh thing that much more believable.

But, not to worry, they’ll be there for Rosh Chodesh Av, just 9 days before the big, nasty fast commemorating all the horrible things that befell us.

You gotta’ know when to hold them / know when to fold them…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “Fast of Tammuz 17”

  1. Why you complaining about your Hebrew /Jewish beliefs when people like my dad and others WW II veterans went to fight for people they didn't know. Who were being persecuted by some crazy demented man. My dad was also used our language to help w/ this war. So be thankful for your beliefs that you still have them or could've turned out different. Daughter of Meskwaki Code Talker!

  2. Stephen Leavitt says:

    The walls of Jerusalem, during the First Temple period may also have been breached on the 17th of Tammuz (or the 9th).

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/fast-of-17th-of-tammuz-on-tuesday/2013/06/24/?src=ataglance

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