posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 01:04 PM
Starting tonight I will watch with a close eye to events in the Middle East.
(to observe see bottom of this post)
First off 9th of AV
Tisha B’Av is considered the most Light-deprived day of the year! Some of humanity's greatest tragedies have taken place on this day: the
destruction of both Temples, the signing of the "Final Solution", the Expulsion from Spain. It was the day that an Al El jet crashed, on and on.
The Kabbalistic belief behind 9th of Av is that there is a metaphysical balance: out of darkness we find light. This is also the day on which the
Maschiach (Messiah) will be born. In Kabbalah we learn that where you find the greatest negativity, you can also find the greatest positive light
through spiritual change.
(th of Av is August 3rd it starts August 2nd eve/ August 2nd is
The '9th of Av' will be '14 Rajab 1427' to Muslims.
Rajab is the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month was regarded as one of the sacred months (Al-Ashhur-al-hurum) in which battles
were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet . It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because Ramadan follows it after the intervening
month of Sha'ban. Therefore, when the Holy Prophet sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:
"O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha'ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that
we may benefit from its merits and blessings)."
Ok if you would be
As on Yom Kippur, Tisha B'Av is observed as a full day fast that lasts 25 hours (sometimes longer, depending on where one is located), beginning with
sunset and ending with nightfall the subsequent day. There are six main prohibitions:
Not wearing leather shoes.
Abstaining from all food and drink (unless this would be life-threatening)
Abstaining from washing or bathing of any kind. Some authorities state that washing solely for the sake of hygiene is acceptable.
Abstaining from applying creams or oils. Skin creams and makeup are included in this prohibition.
Abstaining from sexual relations, hugging, kissing and all other forms of physical affection.
Abstaining from studying Torah, though reading Lamentations, Job, some sections of Jeremiah and sections of the Talmud that deal with the laws of
mourning is allowed.
Also, if possible, not working until after chatzot.
Although the fast ends at nightfall, eating meat and drinking wine are prohibited until noon of the following day. According to tradition, the Temple
burned all night and most of the day of the tenth of Av.
During services in synagogue, and when returning home, from nightfall until mid-day, one is required to sit on the floor or on low chairs, as during
shiv'ah (the week of mourning observed after the death of a first-degree relative). Some even have the custom of sleeping on the floor or other
modification to the normal sleeping routine. People must refrain from greeting each other or sending gifts on this day. Old prayerbooks and Torahs are
often buried on this day.
The laws of Tisha B'Av are recorded in the Shulkhan Arukh (the "Code of Jewish Law") Orach Chayim 552-557.
The scroll of Eichah (Lamentations) is read in synagogue during the evening services. In addition, most of the morning is spent reading kinoth
("dirges"), most bewailing the loss of the Temples and the subsequent persecutions, but many others referring to post-exile disasters. These later
kinnoth were composed by various poets (often prominent Rabbis) who had either suffered in the events mentioned or relate received reports. Important
kinnoth were composed by Elazar ha-Kalir and Rabbi Judah ha-Levi. After the Holocaust, kinnoth were composed by the German-born Rabbi Shimon Schwab
(in 1959, at the request of Rabbi Joseph Breuer) and by Rabbi Solomon Halberstam, leader of the Bobov Hasidim (in 1984).