Friday, December 21, 2012

Asara B’Teves Schedule for Tzemach Tzedek

The following is the schedule for Tzemach Tzedek for the fast of Asara B’Teves which is this Sunday, December 23:
  • Fast Begins: 6:07 AM (some hold 5:50 AM)
  • Shacharis 1 (includes selichos): 8:00 AM
  • Shacharis 2 (includes selichos): 9:00 AM
  • Mincha 1 (includes laining): 2:00 PM 
  • Mincha 2 (includes laining): 4:10 PM
  • Maariv: 5:05 PM
  • Fast Ends: 5:06 PM

On the 10th of Teves of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later - on Tammuz 9, 3338 - the city walls were breached, and on the 9th of Av of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

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