Tisha B’Av, or the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, is a time of collective mourning and reflection for Jews in Israel and around the world beginning this year on Saturday evening, August 10th, as the Sabbath draws to a close.
In Jewish tradition, it was on the 9th day of this summer month that our people, our nation, were visited time and again by tragedy.
It was on this day in 1313 BCE that the 10 spies returned from the Promised Land with a negative, faithless report, and Israel refused to move forward towards the land, so God decreed that they would wander in the desert for 40 years.
Both of the Jerusalem Temples were destroyed on this date. The First Temple by the Babylonians in 423 BCE, and the Second Temple fell to the Romans in 70 CE. The diaspora of our people resulted in a period of suffering from which our nation has never fully recovered.
The Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans in 133 CE ended in defeat with Jews being annihilated on the 9th of Av.
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