population that had remained form the destruction of the Temple was also exiled.
These four dates 10 of Tebet, 17 of Tamuz, 9 of Ab and 3 of Tishri were established by our Rabbis as fast days inviting us to remember the destruction of the Bet haMikdash causing us to introspect and repent.
Not always have we fasted during these 4 days . After 70 years in Babylonia we came back to Israel and built the Second Bet haMikdash. The prophet Zekharia (see chapter 8, v.19) and Anshe Keneset haGedola canceled these fast days and turned them into days of celebration.
When the second bet haMikdash was destroyed, in the year 68 ACE we started to fast again.
May haShem Almighty turn once again these days of fast into days of celebration biMhera beYamenu Amen.
Candle lighting in NYC: 4:11 PM
Shabbat Ends: 5:20 PM
Rabbi Yosef Bitton. YMJC 130 Steamboat Rd. Great Neck NY 11024