Tisha B’Av begins at sundown on Saturday, August 9. The name of the holiday is the ninth of Av,” which is a date on the Jewish calendar commemorating the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av is not one of the holidays God commanded; it is a traditional day of mourning for the Jewish people. Click here for more information, as well as a flash animation that addresses the topic, “Where is God in Times of Tragedy?”

For our perspective on this day, don’t miss next month’s print newsletter, in which David Brickner and Rich Robinson both write about Tisha B’Av.