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Asarah B'Teves: The Psychology of a Siege

The fast of the tenth of Teves is probably one of the most overlooked fast days on the Jewish calendar. Nestled in the heart of winter after the fanfare of Chanukah, it the shortest fast, and it often gets far less attention than the other two fasts observed in connection with the destruction of the Temple (17 Tammuz and 9th of Av). At the same time, Asarah B’Teves is one of the only fasts that can fall out on a Friday (that’s right, you would fast until Kiddush Friday night!); clearly, the day has significance and importance. What is the lesson that can be gleaned from this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it day?