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Thursday, October 06, 2005



Today during sleichos I felt I betrayed the memory of Gedaliah Ben Ah’chekum. Today was set aside to commemorate the assassination of Gedaliah, the administrator of the Jews in Judah after the destruction of the Mikdash in 586 BCE.
His story is told in Malachim (2 25:22-26) and Yermeyah (39:13-14; 40:1-41:18).He is refered to as Gedaliah son of Ah’chekum and grandson of Sha'phan. Gedeliah's power, however, did not last long. The king of Ammon,had Gedaliah assassinated. The Fast is mentioned in Rosh Hashanah (18b),for the third day of Tishrei; Zechariah(7:5; 8:19) refers only to the month. The Rabunim add that a fast day is designated to commemorate his death because the death of a righteous man is as tragic as the burning of the Mikdash. Le’chedud Be’Alma- Gedaliah’s seal was found at Lachish (southwest of Jerusalem), dating to roughly 600 BCE, bears the inscription, "Gedalyahu, who is over the house."

My betrayal was as follows:

Towards the end of sleichos we say "The one who answered to Avraham answer me……. The one who answered to all the righteous, the pure .the holy, kind ones, answer me".
What about Gedaliah Ben Ah’chekum, was he not righteous, pure, holy, and kind?Where is his answer?
-amshinover:if you have nothing nice to say, say it here


  • At 10/06/2005 8:28 AM, Blogger Shragie said…


    Gedalyahu was certainly a great personality.

    However, we are asking that Hashem respond to us as He did to the ones enumerated. If He were to answer us as He did Gedalia, your life insurance policy will make your wife's second husband a wealthy man a little sooner than later. Kapish?

  • At 10/06/2005 8:36 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said…

    but the pizmon ends The one who answered
    -TO ALL-
    the righteous, the pure,the holy, kind ones.

  • At 10/06/2005 10:46 AM, Anonymous BrooklynBloggerBabe said…

    Oy vey, I had a danish with my coffee this morning!
    Ok, I won't have my leftover potato kigel and turkey for lunch....

  • At 10/06/2005 2:27 PM, Blogger DovBear said…

    Gedalya got answered with a knife in his stomach. When did he get a reply like what the others got?

  • At 10/06/2005 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    what about the great and very holy hagoan hkodesh hanifla hamiflag b'toash harebbe harav m'amshinov zecher ztadik v'kodesh v'tahor zechiso yagain alaynu

  • At 10/06/2005 2:27 PM, Blogger DovBear said…

    Gedalya got answered with a knife in his stomach. When did he get a reply like what the others got?

  • At 10/06/2005 2:29 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said…

    he didn't get a reply like the others got....this being my point.

  • At 10/10/2005 1:05 PM, Anonymous mivami said…

    Gedaliah is not reported to have prayed either -- so there was no request, and hence no reply. hence he's not mentioned in anenu...

  • At 10/11/2005 7:45 AM, Anonymous ich veis nisht said…

    makes you tink no


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