Fast of Tevet

January 7, 2020, 6:50 am - 6:03 pm
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
27375 Bell Road
Southfield, MI 48034

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On Asarah B’Tevet, the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tevet, in the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later—on 9 Tammuz 3338—the city walls were breached, and on 9 Av of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

Asarah B’Tevet (this year, January 7, 2020) is observed as a day of fasting, mourning, and repentance. We refrain from food and drink from daybreak to nightfall, and add s’lichot and other special supplements to our prayers. The fast ends at nightfall or as soon as you see three medium-sized stars in the sky.

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