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On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later — on Tammuz 9, 3338 — the city walls were breached, and on Av 9th of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years….More recently, Tevet 10 was chosen to also serve as a “general kaddish day” for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown. – From Chabad.org

As someone who lost many family members in the Holocaust, the ability to assign a day for their death means that we can mourn for them. Jewish ritual of mourning is all about days and counting. Without a day, there is no way to mourn. So today I try to give some tzedakah, and think about being a better person, and I also mourn for all the relatives I didn’t know that perished, and the family that was never born,…