Thursday, June 28, 2018

Tzom Tammuz 5778

The 17th of Tammuz, Shiv'ah Asar b' Tammuz, is a minor Jewish
fast day which commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem
before the destruction of the Second Temple. It falls on the 17th day
of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, and also marks the beginning
of a three week period of mourning leading up to the observance
of Tisha B'Av.  This is a time of reflection for Jews all over the world
regarding the significant events which have shaped their
history as both a people and as a nation.

Throughout their long and often difficult existence, 
the Jews have faced many challenges and yet, survived.
That there are still Jews alive today as well as a nation called Israel,
 is living testimony of the love and faithfulness of Almighty God,
Who has called them to be His own nation and people, and
 a blessing, to "all the families and kindred of the earth."
 (Genesis 12:3)

Over 10,000 Jewish children from Germany, Poland,  Czechoslovakia, and Austria 
were rescued from the Nazis by the British organization,  Kindertransport,
 nine months before the outbreak of WWII.
The ultimate goal of this organization  was to reunite these children with their parents
 and families once the war ended. Unfortunately, in the wake of the devastation
 across post war Europe and the Holocaust, many of these children were orphaned
 and remained in Great Britain where they became citizens. 
Some later emigrated to the United States, Israel, 
or eventually returned to their native countries.

"Then he (Noah) sent forth a dove to see if the waters had
decreased from the surface of the ground. But the dove
found no resting place on which to roost, and she returned
to him to the ark...He waited another seven days and
again sent forth the dove out of the ark. 
And the dove came back in the evening, and behold,
in her mouth was a newly sprouted and freshly plucked
olive leaf! So Noah knew that the waters had
subsided from the land."
Genesis 8: 8,9,10,11

Dove of the Ark
Marc Chagall

 Moses smashed the tablets containing the Ten Commandments
when he saw the people worshiping the golden calf. He later
went back up on Mt. Sinai to plead on behalf of his people
for God's forgiveness for their idolatry.

Moses Breaking The Tablets Of The Law
Gustave Dore

"Today I know that such memories are the key,
not to the past, but to the future.
I know that the experiences of our lives,
when we let God use them,
become the mysterious and perfect preparation
for the work He will give us to do."
-Corrie ten Boom
Dutch Christian 
"Righteous Among The Nations"

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