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This is an archive of prayers public readings selected for Shivah Asar b’Tamuz שִׁבְעָה עָשָׂר בְּתַמּוּז‎, the 17th day in the month of Tamuz in the Jewish calendar. The day commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple, among other calamities. The day also marks the beginning of the three-week mourning period leading up to Tishah b’Av.

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תפלה לכל תענית צבור ועל כל צרה (שלא תבא על הציבור!) | Amidah for Any Communal Fast and On Account of Troubles (Nusaḥ Italki)

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

כִּי בְּשִׁבְעָה עָשָׂר בְּתַמּוּז | Ki b’Shivah Asar b’Tamuz, a seliḥah for the 17th of Tamuz

תפילה לשלום ירושלים | Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, by Rabbi Eliyahu Yosef She’ar Yashuv Cohen

רִבּוֹנוֹ שֶׁל עוֹלָם | Prayer for Ahavat Yisrael, by Isaac Bashevis Singer (ca. 1952)

תפילת ”על הנסים“ חדשה ליום י״ז בתמוז | Al Hanissim for 17 Tamuz, by Rav Ḥanan Schlesinger

תפילה לעזרת היהודים תושבי גרמניה | Prayer for German Jewry under Nazi oppression before and after Kristallnacht (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1938)

Am Fasttage des vierten Monats (שבעה עשר בתמוז) | For the Fast of the 17th of Tamuz, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

An einem Fasttage (תענית) | Prayer on a fast day, a teḥinah by Yehoshua Heshil Miro (1829)

Brich aus in lauten Klagen | Break out in loud lamenting, a qinah by Heinrich Heine (1824)

בַּחֹֽדֶשׁ הָֽרְבִיעִי | baḤodesh haRevi’i (In the fourth month), a ḳinah for the 17th of Tamuz attributed to Solomon ibn Gabirol (ca. 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 ע״ט | Psalms 79, a new translation for 17 Tamuz by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer