Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Happy (?) Tenth of Tevet

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Happy (?) Tenth of Tevet

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Today in the 10 Tevet 5772, the minor fast day known as the Tenth of Tevet. On this day (literally, which as we shall see is important) 2,436 years ago, in 425 BCE, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon began the siege of Jerusalem that, two and a half years later, led to the destruction of the First Temple (on Tisha B'Av). "And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about," reads the first verse of the final chapter of II Kings. This, in turn, was followed by the Babylonian exile. So it's really the beginning of everything going downhill.

In honor and recognition of which, should you choose to observe the day, you should refrain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset (or, if you prefer, from Daybreak to Sundown). …

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