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The Mishna in Taanis 26a lists five tragedies that occurred on the 17th of Tammuz: the Luchos were broken, the Korban Tamid ceased to be brought, the city of Jerusalem was breached, אפוסטמוס burned a Sefer Torah, and erected an idol in the Heichal. The Rambam in Hilchos Taanis (5:2) quoting this Mishna writes the following:
ושבעה עשר בתמוז וחמשה דברים אירעו בו נשתברו הלוחות, ובטל התמיד מבית ראשון והובקעה ירושלם בחורבן שני ושרף אפוסטומוס הרשע את התורה והעמיד צלם בהיכל עכ”ל
The first question one could ask is that the majority of the tragedies that occurred on the 17th of Tammuz can be understood innately as tragic. However, the tragedy of the cessation of the Korban Tamid being brought on face value doesn’t seem to carry the same weight as the other tragedies. Therefore, what was so tragic about the Korban Tamid not being brought? Furthermore, Read more..