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I hope you had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah. I did. Not only was it toughful, but we had time with good friends as well.

The eating is done for a while. We move into the practice fast for Yom Kippur next week on Tuesday with a day fast today, called Tzom Gedialiah. Details below

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A child gets a sense of self when he feels, "Someone loves me. Their loves means I have a self. It means I am valued and important in the world."This happens when a child is validated, heard, seen, cared for, understood and touched lovingly and gently.

It happens when a parent says,•"I see that you are in pain. Come, let me hold you."•"I hear what that you are in distress. How can I help?"•"I allow you to have your own choices, unless your choice is to harm yourself."•

"I will help you to keep a schedule, to follow necessary rules and to cheer your acts of self-discipline so that you can build a sense of safety, security and self-worth."•"I don't compare you to anyone else

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About The Fast Of Gedaliah


The Fast of Gedaliah, or Tzom Gedaliah in Hebrew, is one of four fast days instituted by the Rabbis to commemorate the destruction of the Temple (Beit HaMikdash) and subsequent exile from Israel. It is held on the day after Rosh Hashanah, the third of Tishrei, and lasts from dawn to nightfall. The story of Gedaliah's murder is briefly recounted at the end of Kings 2, 25:22-26. A more detailed telling of the event can be found in Jeremiah, 41.

Tzom Gedaliah is named after Gedaliah Ben Achikam. After Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, destroyed the first Temple in Jerusalem, he sent the Jews into exile. However, a small number of Jews were allowed to stay in the land under the rulership of a Babylonian-appointed Jewish governor, Gedaliah.

Gedaliah was a fair leader and under his watch the Jews were able to live in peace. In fact, many Jews returned from exile and the land prospered. While this could not make up for the loss of the Temple, it marked a positive change from the extreme hardships and oppression of their recent past.

Unfortunately, this respite did not last long. For political reasons, the king of Ammon convinced a fellow Jew, Yishmael Ben Netaniah, to assassinate Gedaliah.

Yishmael not only killed Gedaliah

but slaughtered many Jews and Babylonians who were with Gedaliah as well. The remaining Jews feared Nebuchadnezzar's retaliation, and fled to Egypt, marking the completion of the exile.

Despite having a fast day named in his memory, not much is known about Gedaliah Ben Achikam. One thing we are told is that Gedaliah was actually warned about the plot against his life, but dismissed the allegations as slander. Instead, he readily welcomed Yishmael Ben Netaniah into his home as his Rosh Hashanah guest, an act of kindness which ultimately cost him his life.

Though Gedaliah's trust was mistaken in this case, it tells us much about his character. He was so careful not to misjudge another Jew or become suspicious of another's motives, that he willingly faced a potentially dangerous situation rather than insult a guest. Gedaliah can also be seen as exemplifying national loyalty. If all Jews shared his approach, we would not be observing Tzom Gedaliah today.


Arab violence against Jews is often alleged to have begun with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 or as a result of Israel's capture in 1967 of territories occupied by Jordan. But even before the Mandate for Palestine was assigned to Great Britain by the Allies at the San Remo Conference (April 1920) and endorsed by the League of Nations (July 1922), Palestinian Arabs were carrying out organized attacks against Jewish communities in Palestine. Systematic violence began in early 1920 with murderous assaults by groups of local Arabs against settlements in the north and by Muslim pilgrims against Jerusalem's Jews. Again in 1921, Arab rioters attacked Jews in Jaffa and its environs. The primary agitator behind these attacks was Haj Amin al Husseini, who marshalled Arab discontent over Jewish immigration into violent riots.

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Dramatic dog pretends to 'faint' after having his toenails cut

This is the moment a dramatic dog tries to avoid getting her nails trimmed by fainting before the first snip. A video of the Oscar-worthy performance by a pit bull in the US went viral over the weekend after it was shared on Reddit. It shows the pooch ignoring her nail-clipper-wielding owner before finally giving up her front paw. Just as the owner about to trim the first nail, the dog makes her theatrical descent.

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