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Plant growing out of dry earth

Events on the 17th of Tammuz, and others that also have been ascribed to this date, are the reasons it has long been observed as a day of mourning in Jewish tradition. Though the day and the rituals of this time of year are not often marked by Reform Jews, traditionally, the 17th of Tammuz begins the “Three Weeks,” a period of mourning lasting until the 9th of Av.

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis

by Marc Rosenstein
(Originally published in Ten Minutes of Torah and Galilee Diary)

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