Today, Tuesday 10 Teveth (18 Dec., 2018) is a fast day that commemorates the beginning of the Babylonian siege around Jerusalem, before the city fell and the First Holy Temple was destroyed two and a half years later. The fast begins 90 minutes before dawn on Tuesday morning and ends when the stars come out. Here in Israel, this is roughly from 5:00 AM to 5:09 PM, so it's the shortest fast day of the year.
10 Teveth this year also commemorates the 174th anniversary of the passing of our holy Rabbi and spiritual guide, Rebbe Natan of Breslev, of saintly and blessed memory. Were it not for Rebbe Natan, we wouldn't have had such a rich legacy of Rebbe Nachman's teachings. Rebbe Natan is a spiritual Transformer, for he brings us Rebbe Nachman's dazzling light in a measure that we can absorb. Rebbe Natan is also My Hero.
Please light a candle for Natan ben Naftali Hertz, may his blessed and holy memory intercede on our behalf, amen.
Here are some photos we took in Breslev, Ukraine a few summers ago, at Rebbe Natan's holy gravesite:
Photo 1: Rebbe Natan's Gravesite
Photo 2: View of the Ukranian countryside from Rebbe Natan's gravesite
Photo 3: The River Bugg, here Rebbe Natan would pour his heart out in personal prayer
Photo 4: Lazer praying at Rebbe Natan's gravesite