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  9/4/2013, Elul 29, 5773

Fast of Gedalia to be Observed on Sunday

The annual Fast of Gedalia will take place Sunday September 8th from sunrise to sundown. The fast is in memory of the assassination of Gedalia ben Akhikam, governor of the Land of Israel for a short period following the destruction of the First Temple in 586 B.C.E. Some authorities calculate the date as 422 B.C.E.

Gedalia's murder, orchestrated in part by the King of Ammon, spelled the end of Jewish sovereignty.

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