Tisha B’Av: A Time to Weep

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens … a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. — Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4

For 364 days out of the year, Jews are meant to turn to God with gratitude, praise, and the attitude that everything is for the best. We don’t ask questions, and we don’t wallow in depression even if we have plenty to be upset about. However, one day a year is different from all other days. Tisha B’Av, literally, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, is the darkest day on the Jewish calendar.

In this month’s Limmud, we will explore the origins of this fateful day and discover its palpable effect on human history through to this very day. We will learn about the customs and rituals observed by the Jewish people on Tisha B’Av and how this day may be meaningful to us all.


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