The Saddest Day of the Year

On the Jewish calendar, this is the saddest day of the year, marked by fasting, deprivation and prayer, culminating 3 weeks period to commemorate the destruction of the temple, as well as other tragedies faced by the Jewish people throughout their history. Jews wandering in the desert for 40 years, Holy Temples in Jerusalem destroyed by Babylonians and then Romans, the revolt for the liberation against the Roman yoke ended on defeat, the killing of Jews of Betar on Av, Temple Mount plowed, expulsion from England and from Spain, all seemed to have occurred around these days, and the strife is commemorated on this day. 

The commemoration includes, no eating or drinking, wearing leather, bathe or wash, apply creams, no intimacy, sit on a normal height chair, study those Torah passages that do not recall sad events, no sending gifts, nor greeting one another, no pleasurable activities or wearing festive clothes, until sundown when the laws of Tisha B’av come into place, and services are held in the synagogue on dim lights as the faithful chant lamentations. The focus is mourning and repentance. 

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Published by Lorenzo Nava

Consultant, Trainer and Coach, on participatory learning processes, experiential learning dynamics, non formal education and NLP certified practitioner

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