Tzom Tammuz 5769

Tonight will mark the 17th of Tammuz, which marks the beginning of the “Three Weeks” (from Tzom Tammuz to Tisha b’Av) which are said to be “between the strictures.” Tomorrow morning will begin Tzom Tammuz (the Fast of Tammuz), remembering the day when the Walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans prior to their decimation of our Holy Temple. Tomorrow morning at dawn the fast will begin and it will end after sundown that night. The fast is supplemented by prayers and reading the book of Lamentations. Please mark your calendar and do your best to remember this tragedy and mourn the destruction of Hashem’s Holy Temple, which we pray will be restored in our lifetime.

For more information on Tzom Tammuz and the Three Weeks: http://ow.ly/gM7A

Second Temple Stone Quarry Discovered

This Monday, Arutz Sheva posted news of a new archaeological discovery which is fascinating, especially to those of us who have recently attended the FFOZ Shavuot conference focusing on the Beit HaMikdash (the Holy Temple). Archaeologists have recently discovered a stone quarry used for the stones of the Herod’s Temple. More information can be found here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132231