Tishah B’Av, observed on the 9th (tishah) of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. Traditionally, Tishah B’Av is the darkest of all days, a time set aside for fasting and mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem.
In modern times, Jews understand Tishah B’Av as a day to remember many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history. Over the centuries, other tragic events have come to be commemorated on this day, including the brutal massacres of the Crusades, the Jewish expulsion from Spain, and the Holocaust. Today, Tishah B’Av stands as a day to reflect on the suffering that still occurs in our world.
This year, (5779 or 2019) Tishah B’Av falls on August 10-11, 2019.
Please visit URJ’s Reform Judaism Tishah B’Av page for more information.