2 reasons are given for the fast of Asarah B’Tevet: 1 – because the siege of Jerusalem began and 2 – because the Torah was translated. Why does the beginning of the siege specifically warrant a fast day? Why does the translation of the Torah warrant fasting?
At the beginning of the period of the Second Beit Hamikdash, the Second Temple, the people of Israel lived under Persian dominion. After the fall of the Persian Empire, Greece inherited her place, and Israel was subjugated to Greece. Ptolemy, one of the Greek Kings who succeeded Alexander (The ‘Great’) of Macedonia, wanted the Jewish […]
This task which Ptolemy imposed on the 72 Elders was beyond human capacity. The Torah was written so that its content might be open to a great variety of possible interpretations. The Torah was given in the Hebrew together with a prescribed method for interpreting its words, verses and letters; thereby eliciting the wide range […]
To understand why the translation of the Torah into Greek was a cause for fasting, we need to understand the ramifications of having the Torah translated. An Analysis of the translation of the Torah into Greek and the Fast of the tenth of Teves. Presented by Rabbi Steven Weil.
In the State of Israel, Kaddish (the Jewish prayer for the deceased) is recited on this day for people whose date or place of death is unknown. Consequently, many rabbis have designated it as a day of remembrance for the Holocaust. ‘And it was in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, […]