News Brief 9/8/2013, Tishrei 4, 5774
The Fast of Gedaliah: A Jewish Leader Assassinated
Today marks the tragic assassination of the Jewish leader, Gedaliah son of Achikam, the Babylonian-appointed leader of the Jewish community following the destruction of the First Holy Temple approximately 2,500 years ago. Religious Jews observe the day by refraining from eating and drinking until the end of the fast at 7:17 in the evening.
Due to the Sabbath, the day-long Fast of Gedaliah, which traditionally follows Rosh HaShanah, was postponed for Sunday. This fast is one of four which commemorates a significant event surrounding the destruction of the Holy Temple.