The fast of
Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av began Saturday
evening, August 13, 2016.
Tisha B'Av commemorates the historic destruction of both the first
and second Holy Temples in Jerusalem - a time of unprecedented hunger
and starvation among the Jews.
We fast on this day not only to mourn the destruction and absence of
the Holy Temples but also to remind ourselves that this tragedy
occurred because our ancestors did not love and help one another as
they should have.
Indeed, the Redemption will come when we learn this lesson.