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The Tabernacle Times
Agust 2017 ......................... Av - Elul 5777 ......................... Volume 12 Issue 8

Tisha b’Av

Angela Kunkel
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guest contributor Angela Kunkel




  Tisha b’Av literally means “the ninth day of Av”. The 9th of Av (August 1, 2017) is the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. It is a fast day that marks the anniversary of the destruction of the 1st Temple by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon (Zechariah 7:5, 8:19), in 586 B.C.E. and the second Temple by the Romans under Titus in 70 A.D. Tisha b’Av eventually became a symbol for all the catastrophes that have fallen upon the Jewish people throughout history.

On the 9th of Av, according to the Mishna (Taan. 4:6):
  • The ten spies brought back to Moses their negative report about the land of Canaan. This condemned the Children of Israel to spend forty years wandering in the Wilderness instead of going into the Land HASHEM was giving them.
  • The Bar Kokhba revolt was finally crushed when Betar, the last stronghold, was captured by the Romans in 135 A.D. The walls of Betar fell and every Jew who had fled there was killed.
  This age of persecution lasted throughout the remainder of the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s reign, until 138 A.D.
  • In 136 A.D. Emperor Hadrian rebuilt Jerusalem as a pagan city which he named Aelia Capitolina and the Jews were forbidden to live there. He even erected a pagan shrine on the site of the destroyed Temple.

Roman Solders carry off the Temple Menorah, 70 AD

According to tradition, Tisha b’ Av was the date of the expulsions of the Jews from England (1290) and Spain (1492). This date marked the beginning of World War 1 in 1914 which led to World War 2 and the Holocaust (Yom Hashoah).
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