The 17th of Tammuz and the Three Weeks

Destruction of Jerusalem by Ercole de' Roberti
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70 (David Roberts)

This post was originally from 2014 and has been updated with this year’s dates.

Sunday, July 1st marks the beginning of the period known to Orthodox Jews everywhere as “the Three Weeks.” In the Hebrew calendar that date is the 17th of Tammuz, which  commemorates the day the Romans broke through the walls of Jerusalem, finally ending its long siege. Continue reading

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Bs’d Shavuot—Festival of Weeks

 

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In Biblical times, when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, Shavuot was the second of three holidays during which pilgrims visited the sacred city and the house of G-D. Shavuot annually marks the completion of 7 weeks since the great exodus from Egypt. On the 50th day (which was the 6th of the month of Sivan), the Torah and the Ten Commandments were given at Mt. Sinai.

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The 17th of Tammuz and the Three Weeks

Destruction of Jerusalem by Ercole de' Roberti
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, A.D. 70 (David Roberts)

Tuesday, July 15th marks the beginning of the period known to Orthodox Jews everywhere as “the Three Weeks.” In  the Hebrew calendar that date is the 17th of Tammuz, which  commemorates the day the Romans broke through the walls of Jerusalem, finally ending its long siege. Continue reading