Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Asara BeTeves

The Tenth of Tebet

By Rabbi Raymond Beyda

The 10th of Tebet is a fast day on which we say additional selihot in our prayers in order to remember the sad events that took place in the Temple Era during this time of year. Tzidkiyahu, the last king from the family of King David ruled over the Kingdom of Yehudah. The Temple stood in its glory in Yerushalayim, a bustling metropolis full of an active populous. Yirmiyahu, the prophet, went from place to place throughout the city begging people to make repentance and return Kedushah -- holiness -- to their lives. He said that if the people refused to heed Hashem's warnings - - the results would be disastrous. The people ignored the holy messenger and some even made fun of him. Nevuzardan, a high officer of King Nebuchadnezar, came with many battalions and laid siege to our holy capital. The siege began on the 10th of Tebet and resulted in the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash 2 1/2 years later.

The purpose of fasting almost 2500 years after the events of the destruction took place is to awaken our hearts today to repentance. Our sages teach that anyone who lives at a time when there is no Bet Hamikdash must realize that had he or she lived when the Temple stood that his or her behavior would contribute to its destruction. Should we mend our ways and remove from our lives the behavior that brings destruction we will bring about the construction of the third Temple -- the one that will never be destroyed -- and the coming of Mashiah speedily in our days. May we all spend the day productively contributing to that end -- Amen.

Text Copyright © 2006 by Rabbi Raymond Beyda and



View Complete List

Back to Basics
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

Always Go to Court Before Starting a Fight
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Talmud Torah: Learning for Life
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

> Torah is a Tree of Life
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Torah Study and the New You
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5769

G-d Cares
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Preparing to Receive The Torah
Shlomo Katz - 5765

Divine Reason Revealed
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

Planting Our Song
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760


What to Answer!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Man over Moses
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

A Guest for a While Sees for a Mile
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Accepting Torah as a Command, not as a Choice
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

The Misplaced Letter
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Hear Today, Here Tomorrow
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Shearings and Shearlings
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information