On August 14, 2005, the Jewish people will participate in the annual commemoration of a communal tragedy. Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of Av, a Jewish calendar month) memorializes the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem (586 B.C. and 70 A.D. respectively).
There are many sites about Tisha B’Av. For example, the Jewish Federation of New York has a clear description of this day of mourning at their website.
For those who are aesthetic minded, here are some sites for Tisha B’Av in the arts:
- Hear liturgical music (MP3 format) at the Virtual Cantor (“Eicha” on this page is Hebrew for the book of “Lamentations,” which is read liturgically in the synagogue on his holiday. Here you can hear a cantor chanting the book in the traditional manner.)
- Jews for Jesus will launch an article about this holiday on July 25.
- Last year we wrote an extensive description about the holiday and some facts surrounding it in Real Time. Included was the story of Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony and how it relates to Tisha B’Av. If you did not see it or would like to refresh your memory, please check it out. (Note: The date given for the Tisha B’Av in that article will be last year’s date, not this year’s.)
- This year we found the painting “Tisha B’Av” by Adolf Abraham Berman on an auction site; you can click on the picture for a larger image.
- And lastly, we found a poem, “The Two Tisha B’Avs” by Eva Gross.
(PLEASE NOTE: We do not necessarily endorse all the content you see on all links that we mention, but if you read them judiciously, we hope you will find them both interesting and helpful for learning.)