Today’s Fast

From Bnai David-Judea:

Tuesday, January 6th will be the

fast of the 10th of Tevet

The fast of the 10th of Tevet commemorates the day on which the Babylonians laid siege to Jerusalem, leading to the eventual destruction in 586 B.C.E. This fast (along with the 17th of Tammuz, Tisha B’Av and T’zom Gedalia) were actually suspended during the Second Temple period, but were volitionally reaccepted by the community of Israel at some point following the second destruction in 70 C.E. This was motivated by the general state of physical insecurity that the Jewish people faced on a continuous basis. We mark the tenth of Tevet with special inclusions in davening. At Shacharit (6:30am) we include Selichot, Avinu Malkeynu and Torah reading and at Mincha (4:00pm) we include a Haftarah reading as well.

Our volitional acceptance of fasting on the 10th of Tevet, was never intended to oblige the sick. In this context, “sick” doesn’t refer to there being a potential threat to life, as the term is defined relative to Yom Kippur. Rather, if a person is sick enough to be spending the day in bed, that person is exempt from fasting on the 10th of Tevet. Women who are pregnant and nursing are also exempt, though the custom is that they make the effort to fast as well. Children, who are old enough to understand this fast day, should refrain from dessert and treats, eating only the meals themselves.

It is important to remember that although we call the day a “fast day”, it is just as much about tzedaka and teshuva as it is about fasting.

Tuesday – Fast begins: 5:41 AM

Mincha/Ma’ariv – 4:30 PM

Fast ends: 5:26 PM

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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