Tzom Tammuz the 17th of Tammuz -today(Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple) for Hebrew Year 5781 occurs at dawn on Sunday, 27 June 2021 and the redemption train - excerpt from my book by Shalom Pollock and What's My Line? - Lee Meriwether; Alfred Hitchcock (Sep 12, 1954)
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Tzom Tammuz (Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple) for Hebrew Year 5781 occurs at dawn on Sunday, 27 June 2021.
The Seventeenth of Tammuz (Hebrew: שבעה עשר בתמוז, Shiv'ah Asar b'Tammuz) is a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple. It falls on the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz and marks the beginning of the three-week mourning period leading up to Tisha B'Av. Like other minor fasts, Tzom Tammuz begins at dawn (first light) and ends at nightfall (full dark).
Last year at this time we were suffering under Corona which was considered a possible death sentence for those over 60. Now Corona is behind us so we need to fast again, but take into consideration your health, age, and weight.
G-d prefers live Jews to dead martyrs so if your health demands it, do a partial fast rather than the whole day if your health or the heat doesn't allow for the whole day. Many people arise early before the fast and eat and drink so that they can make the fast more comfortably
The fast of the 17th of Tammuz, also known as Shivah Asar B'Tammuz, begins at dawn and ends at nightfall. One may wake up before the fast and eat, as long as one had in mind to do so before going to sleep. Those who are ill, pregnant, or nursing may not need to fast and should consult a rabbi
Zmanim - Halachic Times for Jerusalem Fast begins 4:03 Am Ends 8:17 Pm
The Three Musketeers at the Kotel
Rabbi Meir Kahane "Want Peace? Expel The Enemy!!!!!"
The Jewish Idea
WANT PEACE? EXPEL THE ENEMY!!!
(Very appropriate for today when we do not expel the enemy, but take them into the coalition in the Knesset. As MK's they can vote and speak and have dangerous positions to harm Israel.)bg
"He will drive the enemy before you and He will proclaim, 'Destroy!' Israel will then dwell securely alone" (Deuteronomy 33: 27-28).
On these verses, the Ohr HaChaim comments: " 'Israel will then dwell securely': When? When they are alone. The words 'Israel will then dwell' are a continuation of what precedes them, 'He will proclaim, "Destroy!" ' for G-d commanded Israel to annihilate every single one of the inhabitants in the Land of Canaan. By doing so 'Israel will then dwell securely alone.'"
The plain truth lies here before us. The Torah commands us not to hesitate about annihilating the nations in the land lest they hate and seek revenge against us for taking land they view as their own.
Not in vain are the words yerushah (inheritance) and horashah (driving out) so similar in Hebrew. G-d is telling us that unless we drive out the nations of the land, we will not inherit it. As the Sforno writes, "When you shall eliminate the inhabitants of the land, then you shall be privileged to inherit the land and pass it down to your children. But if you do not eliminate them, even though you will conquer the land, you will not be privileged to hand it down to your children."
the redemption train - excerpt from my book by Shalom Pollock
We are all familiar with the "waiting for the bus/train look. We tend to avoid eye contact and are aware of our precious personal space.
Impatience,withdrawal into ourselves. Not the most conducive atmosphere for socializing. right?
Once on the train/bus, we observe the same rules and exhibit the same behavior, but even more so.
This is true I imagine the world over.
As I was waiting for the tram in downtown Jerusalem the other day, a thought occurred to me.
How can waiting for the tram here be just like anywhere else?
I mean, this is Jerusalem, the city we dreamed of for thousands of years. We are back, waiting for the tram, going about our business along with Jews from all over the worldJews, in Hebrew. The people waiting are all (well mostly) characters in a prophetic story.
Does this huge thought enter the minds of people waiting for the tram?
These thoughts brought a smile to my face and a need to share.
I looked around and saw an Ethiopian woman. Our eyes met and instead of beating a hasty retreat from my gaze, she muttered something about the train being a couple of minutes late.
I blurted out for all to hear,"Baruch Hashem"!
She and now others nearby looked at me trying to figure out what just happened.
I said, "we waited for two thousand years to return to Eretz Yisroel and Jerusalem. What is another two minutes?
Your parents walked from Ethiopia for weeks to board a plane at a secret airfield to get here right? No Nefesh b'nefesh flights for them. And now you are here, waiting for a train in Jerusalem!
I told her that I am here from the other end of the world. When did I ever give any thought to Jews outside of Brooklyn? And now we are both part of a biblical prophecy , the gathering of the exiles."
As I made my speech, I caught the eye of one incredulous onlooker, a young man, clearly also not from Brooklyn .
"And you my brother, from where did you come to our beloved land? put on the spot by the strange "American" he had to respond.
Morocco, third generation. Perfect. The exotic puzzle is coming together.
Spontaneously, I put my shoulders around both of them and said."Am Yisroel is alive on a tram in Jerusalem'!
I looked around for more pieces to help complete the puzzle.
My potential "pieces" now had a reason to avoid my gaze though they were all smiling; a novelty for strap hangers as far as I remember.
As the train approached I noticed others moving quickly towards the doors barely hiding their smiles, perhaps not eager to be part of the grand reunion.
Yet, for a brief interlude, we were not just a bunch of commuters.
We were on the most amazing ride in the world.
Shalom Pollack is a writer, tour guide and filmmaker in Jerusalem
He is writing a book, "Despite ourselves, wr were wimess"
The Talmud (Taanit 28b) lists five tragic events in Jewish history that occurred on Tammuz 17, on account of which a fast was instituted on this day (see Laws & Customs").
The first of these occurred in 1313 BCE, forty days after the Giving of the Torah on Sivan 6. Upon descending Mount Sinai and witnessing Israel's worship of the Golden Calf (see "Today in Jewish History" for yesterday, Tammuz 16), Moses smashed the Tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments which he was carrying down from the mountain.
(for the other four tragedies of Tammuz 17, see below)
Tammuz 17 is a fast day, devoted to mourning the breaching of Jerusalem's walls and the other tragic events that occurred on this day (see "Today in Jewish History") and repenting and rectifying their causes. We refrain from all food and drink from "daybreak" (about an hour before sunrise, depending on location) until nightfall. Special prayers and Torah readings are added to the day's services.
The 17th of Tammuz also marks the beginning of The Three Weeks period of mourning which culminates on the 9th of Av, commemorating the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people.
Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed. (Consult the Code of Jewish Law (Shulchan Aruch) or a qualified rabbi regarding specific proscriptions).
The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that the Three Weeks should be a time of increased giving of charity and Torah study (in keeping with the verse (Isaiah 1:27), "Zion shall be redeemed by law, and her returnees by charity"), particularly the study of those portions of Torah that deal with the laws and the deeper significance of the Holy Temple.