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Yerushalayim Is Surrounded!

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The fear of war … The terror of hunger … The dread of death … This is the feeling of being under siege. Every year, we fast on the 10th of Teves. We remember the day when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Bavel, encamped around Yerushalayim and built forts around it. On that day a terrible, almost three-year-long siege began, eventually leading to the destruction of the First Beis HaMikdash.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

What Is a Siege?

A siege is a fighting strategy. The besiegers try to conquer an area that is surrounded by a wall, or they make their own wall by surrounding an area with their troops. Either way, the people inside the siege are cut off from everything and everyone. In the 1948 War of Independence in Eretz Yisrael, Yerushalyim was besieged by the Arabs. The enemy forces surrounded them from all sides, cut the residents off from the rest of the country, and bombarded them with constant noise and attacks — all to pressure them into surrendering. Miraculously, the Jews won that war! If you visit Israel today you can see the burned-out shells of the Jewish vehicles that traveled makeshift roads, at threat to the lives of their drivers, in order to bring supplies to their brothers in Yerushalayim.

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