Our Midrash this week is appropriate to this discussion. If we will only do the things YHWH says in chapters 19 + 20 of Leviticus, we need never fear anything like Tish B'Av.

Blessings and Shalom!   

Eliyahu ben David

PS - See some of the major Tish BAv Events throughout history listed below.


Some Tish BAv Events Throughout History

Failure to Enter the Land - c. 1400 BCE - Spies return from 40 days in Promised Land with evil reports of the inhabitants. The Exodus generation of Israelites give in to fear, lose privilege of entering the Land, sentenced to 40 years in the wilderness.

Destruction of First Temple - 687 BCE - Destruction of the First Temple by the Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezzar. This occurred after many generations of rebellion against YHWH and after many years of prophets having been sent and rejected. About 100,000 Jews were killed during invasion. Exile of remaining tribes in southern kingdom to Babylon and Persia.

Destruction of Second Temple - 70 CE - Destruction of Second Temple by Romans, under Titus. Ruling class rejected true Messiah, with wrath following upon the nation before that same generation was over. Over 2,500,000 Jews die as a result of war, famine and disease. Over 1,000,000 Jews exiled to all parts of the Roman Empire. Over 100,000 Jews sold as slaves by Romans. Jews killed and tortured in gladiatorial "games" and pagan celebrations.

Bar Kochba Catastrophe - 132 CE - Bar Kochba revolt crushed. Betar destroyed - over 100,000 killed. Bar Kochba was embraced as Messiah by Jewish leaders, only to lead the nation to greater ruin at the hands of the Romans.

Site of Temple Ploughed Under - 133 CE - Rufus ploughs site of Temple, dashing any remaining hopes of a new Jewish Temple on the site. Romans build pagan city of Aelia Capitolina on site of Jerusalem.

First Crusade - 1095 CE - First Crusade declared by Pope Urban II. 10,000 Jews killed in first month of Crusade. Crusades bring death and destruction to thousands of Jews, totally obliterate many communities in Rhineland and France.

Jews Expelled from England - 1290 CE - Expulsion of Jews from England, accompanied by pogroms and confiscation of books and property.

Jews Expelled from Iberian Peninsula - 1492 CE - Inquisition in Spain and Portugal culminates in the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula. Families separated, many die by drowning, massive loss of property.

WWI - 1914 CE - Britain and Russia declare war on Germany. First World War begins. First World War issues unresolved, ultimately causing Second World War and Holocaust. 75% of all Jews in war zones. Jews in armies of all sides - 120,000 Jewish casualties in armies. Over 400 pogroms immediately following war in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Russia.

WWII Concentration Camps -1942 CE - Deportations from Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp begin. 6,000,000 Jews die in Holocaust.


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