As I wrote in a recent post, the current time period on the Jewish calendar, known as The Three Weeks, concludes with the observance of Tisha B’Av (the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av).
Regarded as the saddest day in the cycle of the Jewish calendar year, Tisha B’Av will occur this coming Saturday evening, shortly after the conclusion of Shabbat, through Sunday.
It is customary to fast, and to refrain from engaging in joyous activities on Tisha B’Av. As mourners, we sit on a low stool or on the floor as we listen to the haunting story of the Book of Eicha (Lamentations). Other readings known as Kinot (elegies in the form of liturgical poems) are also read during the course of the day.May we have a peaceful and restful Shabbat, and a meaningful Tisha B’Av, and may we merit to experience peace among all peoples of the world in our days.