Tisha B’Av is regarded as the saddest day in the Jewish calendar and is believed to be a day which is destined for tragedy. Tisha B’Av falls in July or August in the Western calendar.
Among secular Israelis, the modern day re-establishment of a Jewish state in the Holy Land has raised various attitudes as to whether Tisha B’Av still has significance or not. Meanwhile, no segment of Orthodox Jews accept this point of view which they regard as “anti-religious”.
Following the Six-Day War, the national religious community viewed Israel’s territorial conquests with almost messianic overtones. The conquest of areas with immense religious significance, including Jerusalem, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount was seen as fateful; however, only the full rebuilding of the Temple would bring about enough justification to discontinue observing the day as one of mourning, and transform it into a day of joy instead.
Click HERE to read about the tragedies of the Jewish people on Tisha B’Av.