What is the 10th of Tevet?

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What is the 10th of Tevet?  To learn, I emailed one of the Rabbis in my Rabbinic Rollodex.

I totally forgot until just now.  Tomorrow I am fasting, or maybe it is today?

  • When does the fast start?
  • And when does it end?
  • And where can I read about why I am fasting?


Yes, I actually wrote Oy.

I haven’t yet received a response, so I resorted to other measures.  According to Wikipedia, “Historically, the fast [on the 10th of Tevet] commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia – an event that began on that date and ultimately culminated in the destruction of Solomon’s Temple (the First Temple) and the conquest of the Judah (nowadays: southern Israel).”

Pretty weighty stuff, and worth fasting for.  I ’m grateful that I had that extra bowl of pasta before bed.

I didn’t grow up with the most comprehensive Jewish education, but fortunately I have some amazing Jewish friends and mentors.  And because of these friends, the strong traditions that my parents taught me, and the lessons that I learned from Jewish Summer Camp (shout out to bunk 8), I’m continuing to grow in my Judaism and learn about aspects of it like the 10th of Tevet.