There are many people who don’t understand what the loss of the Temple is all about. We have therefore published a special Israel365 commentary on the Book of Lamentations that explains not only the devastating loss of the Temple, but explains how all Jewish tragedies and suffering throughout the generations, including the Holocaust, are deeply linked to the Temple in Jerusalem and the 9th of Av. Our eBook ofLamentations also contains audio and video recordings of a cantor chanting the ancient texts in the traditional mournful Hebrew tune so that you can feel the pain of the Jewish people and fully experience the somber mood of the 9th of Av.
In the Bible
Turn Though us unto Thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old
The 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar marking the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem. Throughout the world, Jews commemorate Tisha B'av with fasting and prayer and the public recital of Eicha (Lamentations). One may ask, "How does the Temple - or its absence - really affect me?" One way to emotionally connect with the impact of the loss of the Temple is to keep in mind that the Temple was God's house where we were able to relate to His presence up close. With its loss, that incredible feeling of being connected to God is not readily available to us.
Although the destruction of the Temples took place thousands of years ago, the pain we feel is real and for 24 hours we don't eat, we don't drink, we sit on the floor and mourn for the removal of God's physical presence from the world and from our lives - and we read Jeremiah's Book of Lamentations. Jewish tradition teaches that the Messiah will be born on the 9th of Av which provides us with hope even amidst the darkness and the pain. Let us pray that this 9th of Av is our last day of mourning and that by coming together through acts of generosity and prayer this "Tisha B'Av", God will bring the Messiah and rebuild the third and final Temple in Jerusalem, Amen.