Fast Days


Shiva Asar B'Tammuz

The Fast of The Seventeenth of Tammuz

Tuesday, July 11, 2017



The fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, known as Shiva Asar B'Tammuz, is the start of a three-week mourning period for the destruction of Jerusalem and the two Holy Temples.


Fast begins: Tuesday, July 11 at 3:46 AM

Fast ends: Tuesday, July 11 at 9:01 PM.


The fast commemorates five tragic events that occurred on this date. Most famous among them is the breaching of the Jerusalem walls by the Romans in 69 CE after a lengthy siege, and Three weeks later, after the Jews put up a valiant struggle, the Romans destroyed the second Holy Temple on the 9th of Av.


Healthy adults-bar- or bat-mitzvah age and older abstain from eating or drinking between dawn and nightfall on this day. On a deeper level, a fast day is an auspicious day, when G-d is accessible and waiting for us to repent.




July 11 - August 1

The Fast of the Seventeenth of Tammuz is the start of 

The Three Weeks- an annual mourning period for the destruction of the Holy Temple. 


It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of 9 Av (Aug. 1) - when the first and second Temples were set aflame.



Observances of The Three Weeks:

The various mourning-related customs and observances that are followed for the entire three-week period include refraining from cutting our hair, purchasing new clothing, and listening to music. No weddings are held.


The final Nine Days of the Three Weeks are a time of intensified mourning. Starting on Monday, July 24 - the first of Av, we refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (besides for the day of Shabbos).


Our sages tell us that those who mourn the destruction of Jerusalem will merit seeing it rebuilt with the coming of Moshiach. May that day come soon, and then all the mournful dates on the calendar will be transformed into days of tremendous joy and happiness.


Sun, August 20 2017 28 Av 5777