Why We Fast on the 17th of Tammuz

The five tragedies that happened on this day.

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Comments (7)

(6) David, June 27, 2021 12:53 PM

Not really feeling it…

I suppose it’s regrettable that Apostomus burned a scroll, or that we started up with the Romans in the first place, or even that the Temple is gone (although I seriously question how badly anyone really wants it back— we decided to let the Arabs keep it). But fasting doesn’t really make anyone regret those things any more— and it doesn’t change any of them. What’s the point of ritually enforced misery? Doesn’t life give us enough of that for free?

Dvirah, June 27, 2021 4:13 PM

Discipline, Not Misery

Fasting is a discipline. It's purpose is not for one to be miserable but rather mindful: at the moment that one is accustomed to stretching out one's hand for food and drink one must stop and say No. But why? the body asks. Answering that question focuses one's mind on the meaning of the day, the events commemorated and the moral improvement one must seek to avoid their repetition.

(5) MARVIN SILVERSTEIN, July 8, 2020 1:45 PM

no answer to hate ---YET............ AGREE?

My age 88. Sorry but I cannot believe the coming of our HOME LAND....
,,,, THERE IS NO CHANGE OF WORLD WIDE HATE. I STILL LIVE AMONG ANTISEMITIC neighbors.

(4) Anonymous, July 29, 2019 4:54 PM

Question on the Nine Days

Am in the middle of painting a picture. Am I allowed to continue working on it in the Nine Days. (Not to finish it)

(3) Anonymous, July 21, 2019 9:58 PM

By the time you are done reading the lines the images are gone. either have a narrator or give more time to ready and enjoy the image

(2) David Cohen, July 21, 2019 6:07 PM

The 5 tragedies

Stop the video at the following times
0:04
0:27
0:32
0:37
0:45

(1) Andrea Ziegelman, July 21, 2019 1:59 PM

Two fast to record the reasons

I want to write down the reasons for today's fast, but you present them too fast.

 

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