Asarah be-Tevet n. (ah-sah-RAH bih-teh-VET) A minor fast day that falls on the 10th of Tevet. It commemorates the start of the siege of by King of in 586 b.c.e, which is considered the beginning of the destruction of the First . On minor , begins at dawn and ends when stars appear in the sky.

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b.c.e n. English The abbreviation for “Before the Common Era.” When the date, often use the religiously neutral b.c.e. in place of b.c. (). This is because Jews don’t believe that is the , although they do measure time according to the year of his birth. For example, a might write, “The destruction of the First Temple was in 586 b.c.e.” 586 b.c.e. is identical to 586 b.c.

Eisenberg, J., Scolnic, E., & Publication Society. (2001). The JPS dictionary of Jewish words. Over 1000 entries for Jewish and life-cycle events, culture, , the and other sacred texts, and worship. Each entry has a guide and is cross-referenced to related terms.; “A JPS desk reference”–cover. (9). , : Jewish Publication Society.

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