After the devastation of the first Temple, Jeremiah starts his Lamentations with the cry of “Eicha” – “How?”. How was the great Jerusalem destroyed? Rabbi David Fohrman studies the text of Megillat Eicha in search of what this tragedy means to us today.
Understand the customs and laws of Tisha B’Av, and why we still mourn this day thousands of years later. Tracing the historical background of Tisha B'Av reveals many Jewish tragedies that have occurred on this day throughout history.
Great misfortunes have historically befallen the Jewish people during the three weeks from 17 Tammuz to 9 Av. Today this time is observed by mourning, with even stricter restrictions during the last nine days. Learn about the customs of this period here.
Tammuz 17 starts the three weeks of mourning before Tisha B’Av, recognizing five Jewish tragedies that occurred on this day. Is this date just a "bad luck" day, or is there a common theme to all of these events? Explore this tragic day in Jewish history.
Tisha B'Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates many tragedies that have occurred throughout Jewish history — most
According to the Mishnah (Ta'anit 4:6), we fast on the 9th of Av because of the following events that took place on that day:
The service of Tisha B’Av includes the reading of Eicha, or The Scroll of Lamentations, which mourns the destruction of Jerusalem. This is followed by the recitation of
In addition to the Five Calamities, throughout Jewish
On Tisha B'Av it is also forbidden to study Torah since this is considered an enjoyable activity. However, mournful texts—such as the Book of Lamentations, portions of Jeremiah and chapters of the Talmud that discuss the laws of mourning—can be read.
Although Tisha B'av is a day of extreme sadness, some find it hard to truly mourn something they've never really had. It can be difficult to find a connection to tragedies in history that seem far removed.
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