In certain ultra-Orthodox Jewish circles, the Shoah is remembered on either the minor fast day of the Tenth of Tevet
or on the Ninth of Av, rather than on Yom Ha'Shoah.
And indeed the Tenth of Tevet
, say some, should always be observed on, well, the tenth day of Tevet, because a phrase in Ezekiel suggests that this really is the exact day that the events it commemorates occurred.
Nevertheless, worshippers gathered at the tombs Tuesday night for special p= rayers on the tenth of Tevet
, the day Kaddish and other prayers are recited= for those whose date of death is unknown, such as Calev ben Yefuneh.
Wednesday is also the Jewish fast day of the Tenth of Tevet
, which commemor= ates the start of the siege of Jerusalem leading up to the destruction of t= he First Jewish Temple during the reign of the Babylonian ruler Nebuchadnez= zar.
He wrote that though according to Jewish tradition, the month of Nissan is not a time for sad commemorations, and though Israel's Chief Rabbinate has set aside the Fast of the Tenth of Tevet
as a day to mourn for Holocaust victims, there is a difference between the two days: "The Tenth of Tevet
is a day of remembering the Holocaust and the Day for General Kaddish [a memorial prayer], while the 27th of Nissan [today] is a day for remembering the heroism shown by the Jews during the Holocaust."