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