The Fast of Gedaliah: Fear and Loathing in Jerusalem

Fast of Gedaliah commemorates a political assassination after the destruction of the First Temple. Have we learned its 2,600-year-old lesson?

An old Jewish joke states that our calendar regulates our stomachs (though certainly no dietician would ever sign off on the diet). Hannukah is succeeded a week later by the minor fast of the Tenth of Tevet; Purim is preceded by the Fast of Esther; and at least the first-borns who are male have to fast in preparation for the enormous feast that is the Passover seder.