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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
What is the correct response to sad days in the Jewish calendar? Are we meant to feel sad, down and perhaps even depressed? Rabbi Gutnick gives us another perspective of how the Torah wants us to observe the saddest days in our history.
A Jew’s ability to perceive joy through tears is his hallmark and motivates him to transform Tisha B’Av.
With destruction also comes the opportunity for renewal and growth. During this time, we can focus on the potential within our relationship with G-d, with others, and with our world.
Explore the deeper mystical dimension of the 9th of Av, the meaning of our current state of exile, and the hope for the ultimate transformation in the future Redemption.
We need rebuke or love?
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 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
Learn the laws and customs for the fast of Tisha B’Av.
Contemporary Halachah and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch
The lamentations of Jeremiah the prophet
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
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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