Netzarim, Original followers of Yeshua & His 12
Days of Opportunity
The Jewish calendar contains several fast days, most of them commemorating various landmark events that revolve around the destruction of the Holy Temples. They are:
3 Tishrei—the Fast of Gedaliah
10 Tishrei—Yom Kippur
10 Tevet—Asarah B’Tevet
13 Adar—the Fast of Esther
17 Tammuz—Shivah Asar B’Tammuz
9 Av—Tisha B’Av
|Why are we fasting? It's not our fault that the Temple was destroyed . . .|
A few technical details:
Why are we fasting? It’s not our fault that the Temple was destroyed. The people at that time refused to listen to the prophets who warned them to better their ways. We are still suffering the consequences.
On this, the sages explain: “Every generation for which the Temple is not rebuilt, is as though the Temple was destroyed for that generation.” If so, a fast day is not really a sad day, but an opportune day. It's a day when we are empowered to fix the cause of that first destruction, so that our long exile will be ended and we will find ourselves living in messianic times—may that be very soon.