Why Do We Fast On Asara B'Tevet?

The Story Of Asara B'Tevet

Rivky Stern
Rivky Stern
Executive Producer


The 17th of Tammuz, 10th of Av, and Tzom Gedaliah all commemorate conquest, destruction, exile, the downfall of a kingdom… they're horrible, and of course we mourn those days. But on the 10th of Tevet, we remember when the Babylonian armies surrounded the walls of Jerusalem… and then waited… for two and a half years.

Why do we fast on this day? What is the significance of Asara B'Tevet, that it's still important thousands of years later?