8th, 9th & 10th of Tevet Fast Days

Posted: December 17, 2010 in Holidays- Holy Days

Today (12/17/10) is the 10th of Tevet  on the Hebrew calendar. The 8th, 9th and 10th of Tevet have great historical significance and all of these 3 dates are dates remembered with fasting. 

On the 8th of Tevet 132 BC,  the Greek King Ptolemy II had 72 (6 from each of the 12 Tribes) translate the Torah into Greek. It became know as the Septuagint. Following the translation from Hebrew to Greek, there was 3 days of total darkness over the land (Tevet 8-10). It is believed that the darkness was due to the fact that the Torah would no longer be treated with great reverance and holiness, but with the Greek mindset that everything had to be reasoned out and understood mentally. At this time the Holy Torah was downgraded, from the supernatural (spiritual) to the natural (mental).

On the 9th of Tevet, 4th Century BC, Ezra the scribe died. He was the founder of the Great Assembly, a body of 120 prophets and sages who established important matters like the standard text found in Jewish prayer books today.

On the 10th of Tevet, 587 BC, Babylonia King Nebuchadnezzar began his siege of Jerusalem. Actually, there was little damage on that first day and no Jews were killed, yet it began a chain of disasters which ended with the destruction of the Holy Temple seven months later on the 9th of Av. The 10th of Tevet is still observed today by Jews as a public fast day, as mentioned by the prophet Zechariah (8:19).


This is a time to draw close to God, to humble ourselves before Him and bring back the holy fear of God into our lives.

  1. sladehensonde says:

    I’ve been researching 8 Tevet, but I can’t find Talmudic references to it. Do you know where in Bavli this reference is found?

  2. Interesting. I was led to fast the 29th, 30th, & 31st – and was so glad that I did as I felt the enemy’s oppression against me. Thanks Mary for posting.

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