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    Peninei Halakha

    5. Tzom Gedalia

    Chapter 6: The Four Fasts Commemorating the Destruction of the Temple

    On the third of Tishrei, Gedalia b. Aĥikam was killed. This extinguished the last ember of Jewish sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael and realized the full measure of exile. This is why the prophets instituted a fast day.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | Cheshvan 12 5782
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    The Essence of the Fast

    Who Was Gedalia, and Why Do We Fast on "His" Tzom?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 28 5780
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    The Holidays of Tishrei

    The Fast of Gedaliah

    Some days possess special intensity. Such days, if we are worthy, turn into holidays. If, Heaven forbid, we are not worthy, they can become days of extreme trial - as in the time of Gedaliah ben Achikam. But the possibility of rectification remains.

    Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed | 5755
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