From sundown on Monday through nightfall on Tuesday is the fast of Tisha B’Av. This day of mourning holds a unique place in Jewish history and has some real life lessons. For those who may not be as familiar with this commemorative day, let me share the brief background.
On (or around) the 9th of Av, many horrific events befell the Jewish People. According to the Mishna (Ta’anit 4:6), five tragic events happened:
1. The twelve spies returned from the Promised Land to report to the Israelites in the desert and ten gave false reports, leading to the Israelites wandering for another forty years
2. The First Temple was destroyed in 422 B.C.E. A majority of Israelites were captured and sent to Babylonia.
3. The Second Temple was destroyed in 68 C.E., by the Romans, leading to the end of a Jewish state for 2000 years.
4. The Romans ended the Bar Kochba revolt in 132 C.E.
5. In 133 C.E., the Roman Commander plowed the remains of the Second Temple and the surrounding areas.