Tisha B’Av (Fast)

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Tisha B’Av (Fast): (lit. "ninth of Av"); day of fasting and mourning on the ninth of Av commemorating the Destruction of the first and the second Holy Temples
Tisha B'Av 2018: Jul. 21-22 Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive ourselves and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destructio...
Out of the Darkness
The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, “Tisha B’Av.” It is the date when both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual blackness began.
Why do we mourn on Tisha b'Av? A historical overview and a digest of the day's laws.
We need rebuke or love?
The Secret of Tisha B’Av
If we understand the underlying cause to the loss of the Holy Temple and the Divine presence it openly expressed, we can focus on reversing our exilic state of divine concealment.
Why Tisha B’Av will be a festival in the messianic era?
The Chassidic Approach to the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av
The teachings of chassidus look beyond the surface of the terrible destruction of the Holy Temple and the subsequent exile, which we mourn during the 3 weeks, and finds the hidden good embedded inside—offering insight into why they’ll ultimately be transf...
The Fast of the 9th of Av
Practical Halachah: Tisha B’Av
Learn the laws and customs for the fast of Tisha B’Av.
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
Laws of Tisha B'Av
The lamentations of Jeremiah the prophet
Crying over the Destruction
Says the prophet Jeremiah in Lamentations, “For these things I weep.” Where were the rest of the Jewish people when Jeremiah was mourning the destruction of the Holy Temple?
The numbers and letters of destruction and renewal
Numerology and Tisha B’Av
The mystical secrets hinted at by the numbers in the dates associated with the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—the 17th day of Tammuz, the 9th day of Av, and the three weeks or twenty-one days between them.
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