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Thursday, July 13, 2006
I know a lot of you out there are expecting me to write about Lebanon, Hizbollah, and Israel’s impending capitulation to terrorist demands. Perhaps some of you are waiting for me to write about how Barak and Rabin and Peres and Olmert and the Left in general have put us into this situation. Others may be waiting to hear my military analysis describing how we still haven’t learned how to act and react properly despite being in the same situation for the third time in a row. Though I know no one is waiting for the I told you so, because I just don’t do that.

I’ve written enough about it, and I’ve been right. Instead let’s talk about something else.

Today is the 17th of Tamuz. It is the day the Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem leading to the destruction of the Second Jewish Commonwealth in the Land of Israel. It is the day that Moshe broke the first set of Tablets because of the Golden Calf. It is the day Nebuchadnezzer breached the Jerusalem walls. It is the day the Kohanim discontinued the ‘Tamid’ sacrifice in the First Temple.

It is the day that led to the destruction of the two Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount.

And just less than a year ago, on Tisha b’ Av last year, Ariel Sharon began his expulsion and deportation of all the Jews from Gaza, Israel.

The period between the 17th of Tamuz and the 9th of Av is called the 3 weeks. There is no name for the period between the 9th of Av and the 17th of Tamuz.

The 17th of Tamuz is a fast day. No food or drink from before sunrise to after sundown.

On the 17th of Tamuz we fast in memory of these bad events. On the 17th of Tamuz we fast as a Tikun for these bad actions.

I hope everyone has an easy fast, and G/d keep our soldiers safe and healthy and may we bring them all back alive and whole, and may G/d through the IDF severely pour down his burning wrath on the nation(s) attacking us.


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