During the hottest time of the summer, when the land of Israel is parched and dry, we pause for the holiday of Tisha b’Av. It commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem and provides the opportunity to mourn for the suffering of our people and suffering throughout the world. Other minor fast days remind us of additional events from our shared history, and provide opportunities for reflection in our hectic lives.
Tisha b'Av & Minor Fast Days
"Take solace in the fact that she's in a better place now." "Don't sit around moping after the breakup—you need to get out!" "Cheer up! It'll get better from here."
Feeling our grief and pain, however hard it is to do, is what keeps us out of despair
The holiday of Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, compels us to see boundaries differently—instead of separating out personal loss from communal loss ... we compact grief into one uniting experience