Shabbat Shalom and a message for Tisha B’Av

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).

IMG_4993On Tisha B’Av we mourn the most significant tragic events in Jewish history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.

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.

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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.IMG_5185May 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.

4 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom and a message for Tisha B’Av

  1. I sincerely hope the saddest day will say firmly in the past. I was just reading an article (on Iran and nuclear weaponry) that had me scared for the safety of Israel. The world is getting to be an unpredictable place.

  2. This interesting post is included in Shiloh Musings: Mourning and Hungry Havel Havelim

    Please read it, comment and share, thanks. You are invited to become involved in our international Jewish blogging community which we coordinate on our facebook page. You may enjoy the other blogs included. And one doesn’t have to be a blogger to participate in Havel Havelim.

    May my next blog post be a celebration of our Redemption, the rebuilding of the Holy Temple and coming of the Moshiach!!

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