Guide

Observances and Customs

The Three Weeks
A 21 Day Period of National Mourning
The twenty-one day period between the seventeenth of Tammuz and the ninth of Av, two days of misfortune and distress, is referred to as bein hametzarim—"between the straits."
The 17th of Tammuz
The fast of the 17th of Tammuz commemorates five tragic events that occurred on that date. The first dates back to the times of Moses . . .
The Nine Days
Heightened mourning, uplifting visions and rejoicing with mitzvot
In a Nutshell
A summary of the laws and customs that pertain to the Three Weeks mourning period for the Holy Temples—17 Tammuz through 9 Av.
Siyum During the Nine Days
Shining a Beacon of Mitzvah Light on Days of Darkness
The Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke of the need to shine a beacon of light on these days of darkness through participation in a siyum during each of these nine days.
10 Special Haftorah Readings
The Three Weeks and Beyond
The haftorahs of the Three Weeks tell of G‑d’s disappointment with Israel’s faithlessness, and the impending doom that would befall them if they would not mend their ways.
Avoiding Danger During the 9 Days
The reason for this is that it is an especially ominous time, as can be seen from the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people