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Rabbi Amnon & Rebbetzin Lynette Shor

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TISHA B’AV

THE FAST OF THE NINTH OF AV

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day in the Hebrew month Av, usually in late July or early August, marks a day of tragedy, sadness, and fasting for the Jewish people. On this same day in history, a series of calamities are linked in a supernatural way, beyond the realm of coincidence:

  1. Traditionally, this is the day the spies sent out by Moses (Moshe) to explore Canaan returned with a false report, believed by the people in spite of Joshua (Y’hoshua) and Caleb’s (Kalev’s) exhortation. For this, they were punished by wandering forty years in the wilderness. However, the rabbis predicted in the Talmud that for crying over the false report, the Jewish people would cry on that day for generations to come.
  2. In 587 B.C., led by Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonians destroyed the First Temple. 100,000 Jews perished, and millions were exiled.
  3. On the same day 656 years later, in 70 A.D., the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, led by Titus. Again, many Jews died and were exiled.
  4. Sixty-five years later, in 135 A.D., the Roman Emperor Hadrian crushed the Bar Kochba revolt. The fortress of Betar, a Jewish stronghold, was liquidated, and over 100,000 Jews were slaughtered.
  5. The Roman general Turnus Rufus plowed under the Temple area and its surroundings. Jerusalem was rebuilt as a pagan city named Aelia Capitolina, and access was forbidden to Jews.
  6. Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade. Tens of thousands of Jews were killed, and many Jewish communities were obliterated.
  7. In 1290, this day marked the first nation-wide rejection of Jews when the official decree expelling them from England was signed.
  8. On the same day in 1492, one of the greatest upheavals in Jewish history occurred when the large Jewish community in Spain was expelled.
  9. Jews were first ordered into a ghetto on this date in 1555, when the Jews of Rome were ordered to live in a district near the Tiber.
  10. WWI broke out on Tisha B’Av in 1914, when Germany declared war on Russia. German resentment from the war set the stage for the Holocaust.
  11. In 1941 on the same day, Reinhard Heydrich was ordered to carry out the “final solution” for the European Jews.

Not all the calamities for the Jews occurred on this day, for history records too many for an entire month of Tisha B’Avs. The important thing to remember on this day is not man’s inhumanity to Jewish people, but God’s preservation of His people in spite of Hasatan’s best attempts. This day is mentioned in Scripture:

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore, love truth and peace’” (Zechariah [Z’kharyah] 8:19).

The month of Av is the fifth month, and even in the days of Zechariah [Z’kharyah], it was known as a fast. Lamentations [Eikhah] is the Megillah, traditionally read on this day. It is appropriate, on this day of sad memories, to recall God’s enduring love and faithfulness, giving us hope in any of the Tisha B’Avs we may face in our personal lives.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ The   LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” (Lamentations [Eikhah] 3:21-26).

Yeshua is our hope and salvation!

SELECTIONS FROM THE PARASHAH PORTION FOR TISHA B’AV

D’varim (Deuteronomy) 4:25-40

“When you have had children and grandchildren, lived a long time in the land, become corrupt and made a carved image, a representation of something, and thus done what is evil in the sight of ADONAI your God and provoked Him; I call on the sky and the earth to witness against you today that you will quickly disappear from the land that you are crossing the Yarden to possess. You will not prolong your days there but will be completely destroyed. ADONAI will scatter you among the peoples; and among the nations to which ADONAI will lead you away, you will be left few in number. There you will serve gods which are the product of human hands, made of wood and stone, which can’t see, hear, eat or smell. However, from there you will seek ADONAI your God; and you will find Him if you search after Him with all your heart and being. In your distress, when all these things have come upon you, in the acharit-hayamim (latter days), you will return to ADONAI your God and listen to what He says; for ADONAI your God is a merciful God. He will not fail you, destroy you, or forget the covenant with your ancestors which He swore to them.

“Indeed, inquire about the past, before you were born: since the day God created human beings on the earth, from one end of heaven to the other, has there ever been anything as wonderful as this? Has anyone heard anything like it? Did any other people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of a fire, as you have heard, and stay alive? Or has God ever tried to go and take for himself a nation from the very bowels of another nation, by means of ordeals, signs, wonders, war, a mighty hand, an outstretched arm and great terrors -like all that ADONAI your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? This was shown to you, so that you would know that ADONAI is God, and there is no other beside Him. From heaven He caused you to hear His voice, in order to instruct you; and on earth He caused you to see His great fire; and you heard His very words coming out from the fire. Because He loved your ancestors, chose their descendants after them and brought you out of Egypt with His presence and great power, in order to drive out ahead of you nations greater and stronger than you, so that He could bring you in and give you their land as an inheritance, as is the case today; know today, and establish it in your heart, that ADONAI is God in heaven above and on earth below – there is no other. Therefore, you are to keep His laws and mitzvot which I am giving you today, so that it will go well with you and with your children after you, and so that you will prolong your days in the land ADONAI your God is giving you forever.”

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 55:6 – 56-8

Seek ADONAI while He is available, call on Him while he is still nearby. Let the wicked person abandon his way and the evil person his thoughts; let him return to ADONAI, and He will have mercy on him; let him return to our God, for He will freely forgive.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways,” says ADONAI. “As high as the sky is above the earth are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For just as rain and snow fall from the sky and do not return there, but water the earth, causing it to bud and produce, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so is My word that goes out from My mouth – it will not return to Me unfulfilled; but it will accomplish what I intend, and cause to succeed what I sent it to do.” Yes, you will go out with joy, you will be led forth in peace. As you come, the mountains and hills will burst out into song, and all the trees in the countryside will clap their hands. Cypresses will grow in place of thorns, myrtles will grow instead of briars. This will bring fame to ADONAI as an eternal, imperishable sign.

Here is what ADONAI says: “Observe justice, do what is right, for My salvation is close to coming, My righteousness to being revealed.” Happy is the person who does this, anyone who grasps it firmly, who keeps Shabbat and does not profane it, and keeps himself from doing any evil.

A foreigner joining ADONAI should not say, “ADONAI will separate me from His people”; likewise the eunuch should not say, “I am only a dried-up tree.”

For here is what ADONAI says: “As for the eunuchs who keep my Shabbats, who choose what pleases Me and hold fast to My covenant: in My house, within My walls, I will give them power and a name greater than sons and daughters; I will give him an everlasting name that will not be cut off.

“And the foreigners who join themselves to ADONAI to serve Him, to love the name of ADONAI, and to be His workers, all who keep Shabbat and do not profane it, and hold fast to My covenant, I will bring them to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Adonai ELOHIM says, He who gathers Isra’el’s exiles: “There are yet others I will gather, besides those gathered already.”