Tenth of Tevet - A Day of Fasting and Introspection

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One of the more solemn of the Jewish holidays is the Tenth of Tevet. This holiday is a day of fasting and also a day of introspection. Like other important Jewish holidays, this is a day of repentance and of coming to terms with the sins of the past so as to move cleanly into the future. While this holiday is traditionally a day to mark events that occurred thousands of years ago, it also has modern connotations. In this article, you will learn about the history of this day, its significance, and the way this day is incorporated into contemporary Jewish history. In one sense, this is not a popular or widely acknowledged holiday. As a part of Jewish tradition, however, it is one of the most important.

The Tenth of Tevet refers to the day that the King of Babylon invaded the Jewish city of Yerushalayim. This occupation of the city continued for a very long time. Forts and camps were built all around it. The Jews who lived in the city suffered a terrible famine in which there was no bread to be found. A battle followed the siege of the city. The battle led to the collapse of the Temple, as well as to the exile of the Jews from Babylon. They would be gone from Babylon for seventy years.

It is important to remember that fasting days, such as the Tenth of Tevet, are not only about denying yourself food. These fasting days are of great religious significance. The purpose of these days is that followers of the faith may look into themselves and reflect on the sins they committed. They may also consider the sins of their ancestors. Once the sins are acknowledged and faced, the followers may then repent. On any fasting day, repentance is normally an important part of the holiday.

In Israel, Jewish people say prayers for loved ones who have passed on the Tenth of Tevet. The prayer used is called Kaddish. Because of this association with grieving and mourning, this day is also used as a day to remember Jewish victims of the Holocaust that occurred in the twentieth century. This Jewish holiday is one of the most solemn and is certainly not a celebratory one. It should not, however, be considered a dark or depressing day. There is much meaning and hope for the future on this day, since it can be a day of looking inward and learning how to become a better person.

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