June 19, 2007

Today in Jewish History - Tammuz 3

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In 1272 BCE (Jewish year 2489), Joshua commanded the sun to "stand still at Gibeon" (Joshua 10:12). Joshua was involved in conquering the southern part of Canaan, and Shabbat was fast approaching. Not wanting to do battle on Shabbat, Joshua prayed for a miracle, and the sun stopped twice -- once at midday and once before sunset, giving the Israelites extra time to complete the battle.