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?

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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;...