Miscellaneous

May 30, 2013

Throughout Jewish history, an array of tragic events fell on the ninth day of the Hebrew calendar month of Av. 1312 B.C.E.: According to Jewish tradition, 10 of the 12 spies returned from Israel with malicious reports about the land and its inhabitants, and the Israelites fell into despairCONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Traditionally, Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, is observed in several ways: At the end of the afternoon prior to Tisha B’Av, one eats the Se’udah Hamafsekes, a meal of bread, water and a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes. Beginning at sundown, one must refrain from consuming food and drink until the following CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Toby Brookes is decidedly undecided about Tisha B’Av. The product of modern Orthodox day schools and summer camps, Mrs. Brookes has vivid childhood recollections of this traditional mourning day. As a girl at summer camp, she fasted. She read from Eicha, the graphic and terrifying Book of Lamentations, and even joined other campers in re-enacting CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

The following are nine things you should know about Tisha B’Av, the final holiday of the Jewish year: 1. Tisha B’Av means “ninth in Av.” 2. The holiday begins at sunset on Wednesday, July 17, and ends the following evening. 3. The day marks a number of tragedies in Jewish history CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Tisha B’Av marks the culmination of a three-week mourning period that begins on the fast of the 17th day of Tamuz—when Jerusalem’s walls were breached by Rome—and intensifies during the final nine days. During the three weeks, marriages are not held and observant Jews refrain from listening to music, dancing, pleasure trips, hair cutting, shaving CONTINUE »