Antwerp – Fast Begins: 06:05, Fast Ends: 19:55
Baltimore – Fast Begins: 05:54, Fast Ends: 19:17
Barcelona – Fast Begins: 06:26, Fast Ends: 20:03
Beit Shemesh – Fast Begins: 05:22, Fast Ends: 18:51
Berlin – Fast Begins: 05:27, Fast Ends: 19:20
Boston – Fast Begins: 05:19, Fast Ends: 18:55
Buenos Aires – Fast Begins: 05:14, Fast Ends: 19:26
Chicago – Fast Begins: 05:21, Fast Ends: 19:00
Cleveland – Fast Begins: 06:02, Fast Ends: 19:38
Dallas – Fast Begins: 06:09, Fast Ends: 19:38
Denver – Fast Begins: 05:37, Fast Ends: 19:11
Eilat – Fast Begins: 05:23, Fast Ends: 18:52
Haifa – Fast Begins: 05:21, Fast Ends: 18:51
Jerusalem – Fast Begins: 05:21, Fast Ends: 18:50
Johannesburg, S.A – Fast Begins: 04:34, Fast Ends: 18:34
Las Vegas – Fast Begins: 05:20, Fast Ends: 18:51
London – Fast Begins: 05:22, Fast Ends: 19:13
Los Angeles – Fast Begins: 05:34, Fast Ends: 19:04
Manchester, UK – Fast Begins: 05:22, Fast Ends: 19:21
Manhattan – Fast Begins: 05:27, Fast Ends: 19:06
Melbourne – Fast Begins: 04:36, Fast Ends: 18:54
Miami – Fast Begins: 06:05, Fast Ends: 19:32
Montreal – Fast Begins: 05:25, Fast Ends: 19:06
Moscow – Fast Begins: 04:37, Fast Ends: 18:44
Paris – Fast Begins: 06:17, Fast Ends: 20:03
Prague – Fast Begins: 05:25, Fast Ends: 19:15
Rome – Fast Begins: 05:45, Fast Ends: 19:21
Tel Aviv – Fast Begins: 05:22, Fast Ends: 18:52
Toronto – Fast Begins: 05:51, Fast Ends: 19:29
Tzefat – Fast Begins: 05:19, Fast Ends: 19:49
Vienna – Fast Begins: 05:22, Fast Ends: 19:07
Zurich – Fast Begins: 05:54, Fast Ends: 19:38
Why do we
The Fast of Gedaliah is one of the four fasts related to the destruction of the First Temple.
It was ordained to remember the assassination of Gedaliah, who was appointed the commissioner of Judea shortly after the destruction of the First Temple. His murder was the final nail in the coffin of the First Temple.
After the conquest of the kingdom of Judah by the Babylonians, most of the Jewish people went into exile to Babylon, including all the dignitaries of the nation, while only a few poor people remained in the country who worked as vintners and farmers.
Nebuchadnezzar II, the king of Babylon, appointed Gedaliah the ruler of the survivors who remained in Judea. Gedaliah gathered together and led all these survivors of the destruction. He convinced them to harvest their crops and go ahead with their lives. He received backing from the prophet Jeremiah who joined him at his seat of government.
5. As described in the book of Jeremiah, Gedaliah was murdered by a group of Jews led by Ishmael ben Netanya, who was a scion of the royal family. Ishmael ben Netanya was jealous of his position of power. Gedaliah was warned by his followers, including his military commander Jochanan ben Korach and his men, of what Ishmael was planning. Jochanan even asked Gedaliah to preempt Ishmael and kill him first, but Gedaliah did not believe him and refused the offer. Gedaliah was murdered as he sat in his outpost (probably today's Nebi Samuel), and his supporters and the Babylonian soldiers stationed there were also massacred. The massacre was done under the direction of Ellis, the king of Ammon, in the midst of a banquet which Gedaliah had made for Ishmael ben Netanya and his men.