Tisha B'av

Journey to Zion, Season I, The Biblical Temples

"The First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, which were destroyed by invading armies during biblical times, were the holiest places in all Judaism. Watch as Rabbi Eckstein discusses the history of these sacred places, where God's presence is said to be uniquely felt, as well as the Third Temple which Jews believe will be built after the coming of the Messiah."

What Is Tisha B'Av? - Overview

Tisha B'Av (the Fast of the Ninth of Av) is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which have occurred on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av. Read this brief overview to learn more.

The Temple

At the center of Tisha B'Av is the Temple. This was more than just a place of worship for the Jewish people – it was the very center of their lives, their faith, and their relationship with God. Learn more about the Temple in this bulletin.

Tisha B'Av - A Time for Fasting and Sorrow

Learn more about fasting during the holiday of Tisha B'Av from this chapter of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's book, How Firm a Foundation.

Journey to Zion, Season II, Sacrifices

Watch as Rabbi Eckstein teaches about the practice of sacrifices from the time of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and explores how the principles behind these ancient rituals are still relevant today. Visit the Western Wall—the holiest site to the Jewish faith and the only remaining portion of the Temple still standing today.

Returning to Zion, Traditions and Teachings, The Second Temple

By using computer models, experts can simulate what Jerusalem looked like during the era of the Second Temple. Experience the joy and feeling of holiness the people living 20 centuries ago must have felt as they came to the Temple to worship as you watch this brief video.

Reflections on Tisha B'Av

Listen to Yael Eckstein as she talks about the history of one of the most solemn days in the Jewish calendar.

Devotional Guide for Tisha B'Av

As Jews around the world mark this most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, use our devotional guide to learn the deeper lessons from this most somber occasion.

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