Sad to Die in the Middle of Tamuz?
At first glance, it seems that the purpose of the month of Tamuz is to make us depressed. How should we relate too this month?
3. Shiva Asar Be-Tamuz
The Sages state in the Mishna: Five tragic events befell our forefathers on the seventeenth of Tamuz.
The Minor Fasts and Their Laws
Did Jews fast over the destruction of the First Temple when the Second Temple stood? Must pregnant and nursing women abstain from eating and drinking on minor fasts?
Book Burning and the 17th of Tammuz
A hallmark of all repressive regimes is burning books. One of the tragedies that we mourn on the 17th of Tammuz is the burning of the Torah - the ultimate repression of the ultimate book.
What Do We Lack With No Temple?
Our prayers place a special emphasis on the Beit HaMikdash and our anticipation of its rebuilding. Why is it that only regarding the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash do we ask that it happen speedily?
The Four Fasts of the Destruction
After the First Temple was destroyed, the Prophets instituted fasts marking the tragic events surrounding the Destruction and the ensuing exile of the Jewish People.
Is it permissible for one to brush his teeth on a minor fast day?
The Fast of 17th of Tamuz - Why?
What happened on the seventeenth of Tammuz, and why are these events so tragic?
Introspection on the 17 of Tammuz
Perhaps it would be better during times of joy, to reflect, and to ask ourselves what we are so happy about.
Mourning the Destruction Today
The Seventeenth of Tammuz was supposed to be the day on which the Tablets of the Covenant were received and given to Israel, and the Ninth of Av was the day when the Spies would to return from the Land of Israel and proclaim, “The land is very good!”