Three Days of Darkness: The Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth of Tevet

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Ptolemy ordered the sages to translate the Torah into Greek. The day it was translated is considered by a Chazal to be a dark day. Why?

Chazal say some fast on the 9th of Tevet but they wouldn’t give a reason why. Machzor Vitry provides a reason.

Unlike 17 Tammuz and 9 Av, the 10th of Tevet is only connected to the first Beit HaMikdash. Why, then, do we commemorate it?

Delivered at the OU Israel Center, December 16th, 2018 (8 Tevet 5779)

This shiur is sponsored by Mel David