Thursday, July 13, 2006

17th of Tammuz

Today is the 17th of Tammuz. So today's post will not be funny.
If you've been reading the news recently, you know that Israel is on the brink of war. Again. On this day the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans, leading to the destruction of the Second Temple. Once again, our walls have been breached.
Today is a fast day. Hopefully our prayers and actions today will lead to a different outcome than that of 1936 years ago.
And let us merit to see the time that Zechariah spoke of, when "the fast of the fourth month [17 Tammuz] and the fast of the fifth month [9 Av]...will be to the house of Judah [days of] joy and happiness and good occasions" (3:19).
כה אמר יהוה צבאות, צום הרביעי וצום החמישי וצום השביעי וצום העשירי יהיה לבית יהודה לששון ולשמחה, ולמעדים טובים...
זכריה ג:יט

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