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        7/19/2011, Tammuz 17, 5771

      Destruction of First Temple Commemorated with Day of Fasting


      The "Three Weeks" of gradually-increasing mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temples and Israel's exile begins today (Tuesday) with the fast of the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz. This is the day on which Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces breached the walls of Jerusalem in 422 BCE, after 18 months of siege, on their way to destroying the First Temple..