Tisha B'Av
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By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of the Holy Days is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Paul Sakash, may he rest in peace.

We are preparing to afflict our bodies... The Ninth of Av is quickly approaching... Many are refreshing their memories of what they should and shouldn't do... Others are curious...

I wonder, is this Tisha B'Av the one the Moshiach will be born on? Or was last year or last decade...? If it hasn't already happened it will soon! {G-d willing}

Tisha B'Av begins about thirty minutes before sunset this Wednesday evening until Thursday evening {after dark}, July 21 & 22. This is the time for reflection, mourning and repentance.

During Tisha B'Av we reflect and mourn:
The spies' evil reports after their forty day mission in Eretz Canaan

Why Kal Yisroel gave up hope of entering Eretz Cannan

Why it was decreed on Tisha B'Av that this generation of Kal Yisroel would not enter Eretz Canaan - until 40 years later

The destruction of the First Bais HaMikdash, {The Holy Temple} in 586 BCE by the Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezar. About 100,000 Jews were killed during the invasion. The remaning Jews were exiled to Babylon and Persia.

The destruction of the Second Bais HaMikdash in 70 CE by Romans under Titus. Over 2,500,000 Jews die as a result of the war, famine and disease
Over 1,000,000 Jews were exiled to all parts of the Roman Empire
Over 100,000 Jews were sold as slaves by Romans Jews were killed and tortured in gladiatorial "games" and pagan celebrations

Why The City of Betar was destroyed with great loss of life and the revolt of Rabbi Bar Kochba crushed

Why our Holy City, The City of Jerusalem was laid to waste

In 133 CE Turnus Rufus ploughs site of Temple. Romans build pagan city of Aelia Capitolina on site of Jerusalem.

In 1095 CE the First Crusade declared by Pope Urban II in which about 10,000 Jews were killed in first month of Crusade. The crusade brought death and destruction to thousands of Jews, totally obliterating many communities in Rhineland and France

In 1290 CE the expulsion of Jews from England, accompanied by pogroms and confiscation of books and property

In 1492 CE the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal culminated in the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula. Families are separated, many die by drowning, there is massive loss of property

In 1914 Britain and Russia declared war on Germany. The First World War began. During the war over 120,000 Jewish army casualties from all sides in armies
Over 400 pogroms immediately following with death, destruction and war in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Russia
First World War issues unresolved, ultimately causing Second World War and Holocaust. 75% of all Jews in war zones

Why six million Jews died in the Holocaust

In 1942 deportations from Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp began

In 1989 Iraq walked out of talks with Kuwait

(Researched and Compiled by Rabbi Mordechai Becher)

Halacha of Tisha B'Av:
Many will not be able to observe Tisha B'Av in the strict sense that the Orthodox follow. In that event, one attempts to observe what they can, a little beyond what feels comfortable for them. Certainly people with medical conditions and other possible problems should use common sense and consult their doctor... In addition, children under Bas and Bar Mitzvah age are not required to fast the entire time nor are pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

1. From Wednesday night (July 21), until after Ma'ariv on Thursday (July 22) the following activities are prohibited:

a. Eating or drinking (including rinsing the mouth)

b. Washing (even with cold water)

c. Anointing (lotions, oils)

d. Wearing leather shoes

e. Marital relations

f. Study of Torah subjects not related to the day

2. Morning washing of hands, or that following bathroom use is permitted, but only up to knuckles

3. From Wednesday night until Thursday midday it is forbidden to sit on regular seats. It is customary, however, to sit on something low on the floor

4.Tefillin are not worn at Shacharit, nor is a bracha made on tzitzis. At Mincha, we wear tefillin and make a bracha on the Tallis Gadol

5. At Mincha, the prayers Necheim and Anenu are added to the Shmoneh Esrei during the blessing "Veliyerushalayim" and "Shma Koleinu" respectively. We also say "Sim Shalom" in place of "Shalom Rav." If you forget them and complete that bracha, you don't need to repeat the prayer.

Again, to bring all this tragedy in perspective, let's remember that this will not always be a day of mourning. We pray to G-d for the Moshiach to come quickly... and until we know for sure, we scan the following day's birth sections hoping, praying and longing for that Jewish child to be born!

I pray that your fast should be easy...and that our prayers will be answered..

Best Wishes!,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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