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This is an archive of prayers composed for (or relevant to) עֲשָׂרָה בְּטֵבֵת (Asarah b’Tevet, the 10th of the month of Tevet), a fast day in rabbinic Judaism observed from before dawn to nightfall. The fasting commemorates the commencement of the siege of Jerusalem by the Neo-Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar Ⅱ, which ultimately culminated in the destruction of Solomon’s Temple (the First Temple), the downfall of the Kingdom of Yehudah, and the exile of the Jewish people within the Neo-Babylonian empire. Several other events are noted in close proximity to the day including the translation of the Tanakh into Greek and the reconfiguration of the climax of the ancient Saturnalia festival by Christians in celebration of the incarnation of their deity.

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תפילה למי שצריך לאכול בימי צום | Prayer for those who need to eat on fast days (A Mitzvah to Eat, 2022)

אֶבֶן הָרֹאשָׁה | Even haRoshah (“The corner stone”), a seliḥah for the Fast of Tevet attributed to Avraham bar Menaḥem (13th c.)

אֲבוֹתַי כִּי בָטְחוּ | Avotai ki vatkhu (“When our forefathers trusted”), a pizmon for the Fast of Tevet ascribed to Ephraim ben Avraham ben Yitsḥaq of Regensburg (12th c.)

אֶזְכְּרָה מָצוֹק | Ezkerah Matsōk (“I remember the distress”), a seliḥah for the Fast of Tevet attributed to Joseph ben Samuel Bonfils (11th c.)

אַזְכִּֽירָה יָמִים עִם יָמִים | Azkira Yamim Im Yamim, a piyyut for the First Shabbat of Admonition by Rabbi Yannai (ca. early 6th c.)

תהלים ס׳ | Psalms 60 for the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet, translated by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer