Three Weeks of Mourning for the Holy Temples

The First and Second Holy Temples were both destroyed on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Menachem Av. This year, that day – known as Tisha (9th) Be’Av – falls on Saturday, August 6. However, Jews are not to observe any aspects of mourning on the Jewish Sabbath. Therefore, their observance of the full-day fast is pushed off until the next day, which is Sunday, August 7.

Tisha Be’Av is three weeks from the 17th of Tammuz, when the invaders breached the wall of Jerusalem. These three weeks are a period during which Jews mourn this loss. They also fervently pray for the Third Temple that will be established by the Messiah from the dynasty of King David, speedily in our days.

The length of this recording by Rabbi Yosef Eisen, reading from his book Miraculous Journey, is 2:43.