Today is Tisha B’av, a fast day. Without food and coffee I usually succumb to migraine. So I’m going to preserve my energy and post this summary from Judaism 101.
Note: There’s another great photo of an ancient Jewish artifact below the fold.
Tisha B’Av means “the ninth (day) of Av.” It usually occurs during August.
Tisha B’Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.).
Although this holiday is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
The complete article is here.
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Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a meaningful fast.