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Tisha B’Av: Rising From the Ashes

Last week, on the seventeenth day of the Hebrew month Tammuz, traditional Jewish communities began a period of partial mourning, refraining from haircuts, washing garments, eating meat, and drinking wine. This period marks the day the Babylonians breached the Temple in Jerusalem for the first time in 586 B.C.E. Mishna (Taanit 4:6-7) teaches that “five events happened to our ancestors on the seventeenth of Tammuz: The tablets were shattered. The daily offering was cancelled, the walls of the city breached, the Torah was burned, and an idol placed in the Temple. On the ninth of the Hebrew month Av, also known as Tisha B’Av, our ancestors were instructed not to enter the land for the Temple had

 
 

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