Another Opportunity For Tesuvah


Tomorrow, The Seventeenth of Tammuz, we fast from sunrise to night fall to mark a series of tragic incidents in our history that offer inspiration to do tesuvah, repent for all of our wrongdoings.

In Biblical times, it is said to be the day Moses descended Mount Sinai and broke the tablets of the Ten Commandments in response to seeing the Golden Calf.

Jerusalem’s city walls were breeched by the Romans on the 17th of Tammuz, 70 CE, leading to the eventual destruction of the Second Temple.
In 1239, Pope Gregory IX ordered the confiscation of all manuscripts of the Talmud.
In 1391, more than 4000 Spanish Jews were killed in Toledo and Jaen in Spain.
In 1559, the Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted.
In 1391, more than 4,000 Jews were killed in Spain and in 1559 the Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted.
In 1944, the Kovno ghetto in Lithuania was liquidated and in 1970, the Libyan government ordered the confiscation of Jewish property.
Here we go- our annual three-week period of mourning that ends with Tisha B’Av giving us ample opportunity to grieve and then move through and beyond our tears.

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