The Seventeenth of Tammuz is a fast day in Judaism. It commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem. This led to the ruin of the Second Temple by the Romans. The fast falls on the 17th day of the month of Tammuz which is the fourth month of the Hebrew Calendar. During the Fast of Tammuz, many Jews refrain from listening to music and having their hair cut.  

Burning of Jerusalem – Circle of Juan de la Corte | Source: Wikipedia

How Is the Seventeenth of Tammuz Celebrated

The fast marks the start of the three-week-long mourning period which ends Tisha B’av, the ninth day of the month of Av. Tisha B’av is also the most sorrowful day in the Jewish calendar. It was on that day, although years apart, that the Temple of Solomon was destroyed by the Neo-Babylonians and the Second Temple by the Romans.  

Moses Breaking the Tablets | Forward

The seventeenth of Tammuz was also the day when Moses smashed the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. Furthermore, it was the day a Torah scroll was set on fire in public by a Roman military leader Apostomus, the daily offerings were ceased, and an idol was put up in the Holy Temple.  

Judaea AE Herod Dynasty Box: The First Villains of the Gospels | Source: Banknote World

How Is It Remembered On Numismatics?

This collection contains a bronze coin from Herod the Great. He rebuilt the Second Temple and also rose the Second Temple period to its pinnacle. It also comes with a bronze prutah. It’s from the time of the Jewish Revolt that culminated when the Romans ruined the temple and much of Jerusalem.  

Palestine Replica 500 Mils – 100 Pounds 6 Pieces Banknote Set, 5g .999 Silver Novelty Banknotes | Source: Banknote World

This set contains replica banknotes issued by the Palestine Currency Board. One of these notes, the 1-pound banknote, features the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is the most sacred site in Judaism. The Temple Mount was where the First Temple and also the Second Temple were constructed.  

Jerusalem 1 Troy 1 oz Silver Proof Coin, 2016 | Dove of Peace | Source: Banknote World

On the obverse side of this Jerusalem silver-proof coin from 2016 is the dove of peace flying over the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is where Temple Mount is situated. On the coin’ flipside is the Holy Land Mint logo. 

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