Shiva Asar b’Tammuz will be observed from the Evening of July 20, 2019
Shiva Asar b’Tammuz – the fast held on the 17th of Tammuz – is a minor fast day with grand significance. It commemorates many tragedies in Jewish history, and begins the mourning period of the Three Weeks, which culminates in Tisha B’Av.
The Fast of Tammuz is the first step into the Three Weeks of mourning. How can you prepare to find meaning in this intense period of fasting and sorrow?
Tisha B'Av is the culmination of three weeks of mourning, commemorating a number of tragedies throughout Jewish history. But how are we supposed to connect to tragedies that occurred thousands of years ago?
Tzom Tammuz – the Fast of Tammuz – begins the intense period of mourning for three weeks, and commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Among other historical tragedies, the 17th day of Tammuz marks the day the Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem, precipitating the fall of the Second Temple.
The date of the Fast of Tammuz is the 17th day of the month of Tammuz on the Hebrew calendar, or on the 18th of Tammuz if the 17th is on Shabbat. This places the fast during the summer months of July or August.
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The history behind the fast of 17 Tammuz is extensive, with many tragic events having
Today, the fast commemorates many tragedies in Jewish history.
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