August 5, 2014, - 2:06 pm

9th of Av: Jewish Fast Day Marks Day of Many Tragedies from the Temple to the Holocaust & Hezbollah

By Debbie Schlussel

Today is Tisha B’Av, meaning the Ninth of Av, a Jewish fast day which marks tragedies that happened on this day throughout Jewish history, primarily the day of the destruction of both of the Jewish Temples in Jerusalem, the eternal Jewish capital.


To my fellow Jewish friends and readers who are fasting today as I am, I wish you an easy fast. To my gentile readers, Jewish fasts are not the wimpy Ramadan BS. We do not eat or drink for 25 hours, and it’s harder on hotter summer days (and I’m thankful the temperature is only in the mid-to-high 70s here in Detroit, today–during past fasts, it’s been in the 90s). But unlike Muslims, we don’t whine about it or complain or demand that you stop eating and drinking and shove our religion in your face like the religion of ISIS and the 9/11 hijackers does (U.S. military–as with every year we’ve been in Afghanistan and Iraq–was ordered not to eat in front of Muslims, many of whom cheat and eat and drink, themselves). We chose this, so it’s on us and we don’t seek to impose this on anyone else or demand special treatment. We also don’t ask the TSA to send out special messages to the world demanding they acquiesce to our every demand (the way the TSA did for Muslims during last year’s and probably this year’s Ramadan festival of increased terrorism).

Tisha B’Av marks the end of three weeks (and nine days within those three weeks) of deprivation, sacrifice, and mourning in the Jewish religion (though, since most Jews are JINOs–Jews In Name Only–few Jews observe that). The fast began at sundown last night and ends tonight at nightfall. Jewish fasts also mean absolutely no eating, drinking, bathing (no showers), shaving, haircuts, laundry, washing, swimming, make-up wearing, sex, wearing of leather shoes (which were considered a luxury back in the day and, with PETA winning, may be again soon in the future), music, or entertainment.

As I’ve previously noted on this site, Tisha B’Av is a day on which at least five major tragedies occurred to the Jewish people. It marks the destruction of the Jewish Temples–both of them, which occurred on this day in the Jewish calendar. On Tisha B’Av in 1492, the Jews were officially expelled from Spain. Tisha B’Av 1914 (August 1, 1914) was the day World War I broke out, setting the stage for World War II and the Holocaust. On the eve of Tisha B’Av 1942, the Nazis’ mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto began. Most were sent to their deaths at the Treblinka Nazi death camp. Just after Tisha B’Av 1994 concluded, Hezbollah and Iran bombed the Jewish community center of Buenos Aires (Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina), Argentina, killing 86 and wounding at least 300 others, 20 years ago this summer.

In 1942, many American Catholic priests and Christian ministers participated in the holiday, fasting along with their Jewish-American friends, as then reported in TIME Magazine.

It may be that the truce (we’ll see how long it lasts) with HAMAS was undertaken because many Israeli soldiers are religious Jews, and they are observing the fast. But that’s not a good enough reason–as there is none–to let HAMAS rest and rebuild.

More on Tisha B’Av at Judaism 101 and My Jewish Learning.

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7 Responses

Debbie, as one of your some to many “secular-humanistic” friends, readers and followers who’s also a “freethinker”, I wish you a happy “Tisha B’Av”.

And even though I have differences with organized religion, I also believe that it is your right (and the next persons rights) to practice your faith as you please, and as you stated DS, “don’t impose it onto the next person & demand special privileged from society, et al”!

Sean R. on August 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Hope you are having an easy fast.
Both Chief Rabbis in Israel waived the obligation to fast for active duty Israeli soldiers.

PaulaMalka on August 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

“unlike Muslims, we don’t whine about it or complain or demand that you stop eating and drinking”

Filthy murder-cultist terrorists.

DS_ROCKS! on August 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Debbie, don’t forget that on July 27, 2004, Tisha B’Av, Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which many say made him into a political star.

David on August 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm

May your fast go well for you and your fellow believers.

Worry01 on August 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Nothing like blowing up tunnels to take your mind off of the annoyances of a fast! Concur.

Occam's Tool on August 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

“not a good enough reason–as there is none–to let HAMAS rest and rebuild.”

yeah, no kidding. so disgusted by this outcome.

just read today that the israeli powers-that-be decided to NOT go directly for the hamas command centers and major weapons caches which they say they could’ve done on day 1 of the ground invasion. why. why. why.

kirche61 on August 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

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