Fasting for Peace, Fasting for Compromise

November 5th marks the English anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, one of the greatest tragedies in the history of modern Jewry.   For many Jews, this horrific event necessitated a ritual response through our Jewishtradition, leading many people to argue that one should fast on Yitzhak Rabin’s Yahrtzeit, drawing a connection between Rabin’s assassination and the murder of Gedaliah, a Jewish governor who was assassinated in the period following the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.   Read my article for the Joint Distribution Committee about the connection between Tzom Gedaliah and Yitzhak Rabin, and what we might learn from the overlapping themes between these events.

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