9th of Av


imagesI am not superstitious nor do I fear Friday the 13th, but there is a date in the Hebrew calendar that is a day of disaster. It is the 9th of Av which is July 30 of this year, July 20 of 2010, and August 9 of 2011. Note some of the things that took place on this date:

  • The 10 spies came back with a bad report about their Promised Land on the 9th of Av.
  • Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Solomon’s Temple on the 9th of Av.
  • 656 years later to the day, when Rome destroyed Herod’s Temple, it was on the 9th of Av.
  • In 135 A.D. the Jews rebelled against Roman rule on the 9th of Av under the false Messiah Simon bar Kockba
  • All of the Jews were kicked out of England in 1290 on the 9th of Av.
  • All of the Jews were kicked out of Spain in 1492 on the 9th of Av.
  • World War I started on the 9th of Av.
  • Hitler’s proclimation to kill the Jews was on the 9th of Av.

For the Jews, the 9th of Av is the low point and the conclusion of a three weeks of sorrow for the Temple. Could there be anything else in the future that could tragically happen on this day?

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3 Responses

  1. One thing is for sure, I’m not converting until after the 9th of Av now!

  2. I like this “coincidence” it is definitely interesting, my question is why to use babylonian names for the month when we havev the BIblical names for the calendar, what I see is that we need to understand the difference between the Biblical calendar and the rabinical calendar, that contain pagan names for the months

  3. The Jews were expelled from Gaza on the 9th of Av.

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