Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz

The Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz

Day: Tuesday
Date: July 11, 2017
Parshat: Pinhas
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 549

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Today is the fast of the seventeenth of Tammuz, which marks the beginning of "the three weeks." The fast commemorates five tragedies that occurred on this day. The five tragedies are:
1. The first set of Luhot was broken when Moshe Rabenu came down from Har Sinai and saw the sin of the golden calf taking place.
2. The Korban Tamid, an offering that was brought twice daily, was discontinued because it became impossible to obtain the animals necessary due to the siege around Yerushalayim.
3. A siege was set in place around Yerushalayim (during the time period of the second temple) and the walls of the city were breached.
4. A Roman general named Apostomos, may his memory be erased, set a precedent for the rest of history by burning a Sefer Torah.
5. An idol was erected inside of our Holy Temple in direct defiance of all that is precious to us as Jews.
The prophet Zacharia tells us that this day as well as the four other fast days will one day be turned into days of celebration. May we see that day soon, amen.

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