We have recently began the saddest part of the Jewish calendar. It’s a three week period, between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, and historically this time period has held the most terrible tragedies for the Jewish nation.

What were those tragedies? What’s the history behind these ominous days? What’s the message for us nowadays? What are the practical laws (halachahs) that apply during this time?

Come join me as I provide a broad overview of this time period: beginning with the history, then the meaning and concluding with the relevant laws (beginning at 7:57).

Happy Listening!

Rabbi Moshe


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Mishna Taanis 4:6, history of tragic events on 17th of Tammuz and 9th of Av – https://www.sefaria.org/Mishnah_Taanit.4.6?lang=bi

Numbers Chapter 13, the story of the spies and their negative report – https://www.sefaria.org/Numbers.13?lang=bi&aliyot=0

Medrish Bamidbar Rabbah 16:20, because the Jews cried and pushed HaShem away, HaShem acted in kind in the future – https://www.sefaria.org/Bamidbar_Rabbah.16.20?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Yoma 9b, the second temple was destroyed on account of baseless hatred – https://www.sefaria.org/Yoma.9b.8?lang=bi

Zohar, Parshas Acharei Mos 73a, the Jews, the Torah and G-d are all one – https://www.sefaria.org/Zohar.3.73a.4?vhe=New_Torat_Emet_Zohar&lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en

Taanis 30b, whoever mourns the loss of the Temple will merit to see it in its joy – https://www.sefaria.org/Taanit.30b.4?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en