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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

17th of Tammuz

The 17th of Tammuz has historically been a calamity prone day. The Mishna (Tanis 4:6) lists 5 things that happened to the Jewish nation n this day:

1) The Luchos were broken when Moshe Rabeinu descended from Har Sinai and came across the Golden Calf. (40 days after the 7th of Sivan).

2) The Korban Tamid (the twice daily sacrifice that was brought in the Beis Hamikdash) ceased [either due to government edict or because of internal Hasmonean conflict c.f Bava Kama 82b].

3) The walls of Jerusalem were breached during the destruction of the Second Bais Hamikdash according to the Babylonian Talmud, and during both destructions according to the Jerusalem Talmud.

4) Apustamus [a Greek minister] burnt the Torah. The Tiferes Yisroel understands this to mean the Torah that Ezra had written and was used to check other Torah scrolls against. Alternatively it refers to any and every Torah he could get his hands on.

5) An idol was erected in the Beis Hamikdash. When this occurred is a dispute in the Jerusalem Talmud. Some say it refers to the idol of Menashe during the first Temple period, and some say it was erected by the aforementioned Apustamus, which was during the Second Temple period.

For laws of fast days please see the article on Fast Days

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A native of Buffalo, NY, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Haber spent his childhood globetrotting with his family. His pioneering spirit first surfaced in Melbourne, Australia, where he was excited to be a member of the opening class of Mesivta Bnei Torah. From Australia the Haber family settled down in Monsey, NY. Ever the maverick, Tzvi promptly left home to study in Yeshiva Ohr Hameir in Peekskill, where he became a mainstay of the Yeshiva, and inspired his younger brothers as well as several friends from the Mesivta in Melbourne to follow him. He then joined his chaburah in Jerusalem, first at the Mir Yeshiva and then at the Bais Medrash of Rav Dovid Soloveitchik, a senior scion of the famed Brisk dynasty. As his globetrotting family returned to Jerusalem, Tzvi returned to the US, to freeze in the famed, yet comparatively chilled Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood.

 In 2004 he met his wife, Suzanne Schor, a native of the warmer Los Angeles climate, and the couple settled in Lakewood, where he focused his pioneering and independent strengths on the study of Halacha, or Jewish law. His innovative spirit and innate ability to help others seeking to clarify the finer points of Judaism and integrate them into their daily lives inspired his decision to commute daily from Lakewood to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in order to bask in the day to day exposure to the world renowned Posek, HaRav David Feinstein. The daily commute was more than compensated for when he received Semicha from Rav Feinstien and the Kollel L’Torah U’lhorah (a division of Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem) in Tamuz 5768, June 2008.

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