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Tisha b-Av

“Tisha b-Av”The following blessing is said in place of the regular “Dwell within” blessing: “Have mercy O MAR’ YAH our ALLAHA, upon us and upon Israel Your people, and on Jerusalem Your city, the city of mourning and desolate destruction, which is given over to the hand of foreigners, sitting with her head veiled like […]

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The “Three Weeks”

The three-week period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av is dubbed by our Sages “Between the Straits,” based on the verse (Eicha 1, 3), “All of her enemies overtook her between the straits.” Our Sages tell us that these three weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av […]

When Av Begins, We Reduce Our Joy

When Av Begins, We Reduce Our Joy Today, Sunday, is Erev Rosh Chodesh Av. Tomorrow, Monday, is Rosh Chodesh Av, may Hashem soon change it to a month of joy and celebration. The Jewish Nation’s Fortune during the Month of Av Although we customarily implement some mourning customs during the entire “Three Weeks” as we […]