Tisha B’Av (Hebrew: ×ª×©×¢×” ×‘××‘ or ×˜×³ ×‘××‘, “the Ninth of Av,”) is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, which occurred about 656 years apart, but on the same date. Accordingly, the day has been called the “saddest day in Jewish history”.
Here’s the scene at the Kotel in Jerusalem tonight c/o Andy Ratto:
Aw. And here I am in Babylon. It sure doesn’t feel like TiSha B’Av even though I know that soon I will be hungry and thirsty and Kelsey‘s going to make fun of me for clinging to archaic rituals. But whatever. At least he knows what Tisha B’Av is.