Fast of Gedaliah


Observed in memory of Gedaliah ben Ahikam, the Jewish governor of Judea appointed by Nebuchadnezzar (Sixth Century B.C.E.) to govern the conquered Judean territory. Gedaliah achieved much for those of his people who had remained in the country. When he was assassinated (on Tishri 2, but observed on Tishri 3 due to Rosh Hashanah observance), Nebuchadnezzar exiled more of the surviving population to Babylonia. These calamitous events shattered the last Jewish hopes for a peaceful restoration.


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