17 of Tammuz…

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70AD — a painting by David Roberts (1796-1849).

I think it’s interesting that the Torah portion for this fast day, sort of a bucket list of Jewish woe (Moses smashes the tablets on Mount Sinai in response to finding the Israelites worshipping the golden calf, during the Babylonian siege we can’t get sheep and are forced to stop the daily tamid offering at the Temple, an idol is placed in the Temple by somebody, during the Roman siege of Jerusalem the city walls are breached and led to the destruction of the Second Temple) straddles the story of the horrors of Pinchas, or Phineas.


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