The Watchman On The Wall

The Watchman On The Wall
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Verse 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Woe Unto Us The 9th of Av Approaching On 25-26 July 2015

Image result for 9th of av
Av is the 5th month on the Jewish lunar calendar. Remember like the Jewish feasts, Shabbat and other Jewish events like the 9th of Av begin at sunset and end at sunset on the next day. Hence, in 2015 the 9th of Av occurs at sunset on the 25th of July and ends at sunset on the 26th of July.
……Should I weep in the fifth month (Av), separating myself, as I have done these so many years? Zechariah 7:3
Image result for jeremiah
In the fifth month on the 10th day came Nebuzaradan and he burnt the house of the L-RD, Jeremiah 52:12-13

 Tisha B'Av is the culmination of a three week period of increasing mourning, BEGINNING  with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which commemorates the first breach in the walls of Jerusalem, before the First Temple was destroyed. During this three week period, weddings and other parties are not permitted, and people refrain from cutting their hair. From the first to the ninth of Av, it is customary to refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (except on the Shabbat) and from wearing new clothing.
The restrictions on Tisha B'Av are similar to those on Yom Kippur: to refrain from eating and drinking (even water); washing, bathing, shaving or wearing cosmetics; wearing leather shoes; engaging in sexual relations; andSTUDYING  Torah. Work in the ordinary sense of the word [rather than the Shabbat sense] is also restricted. People who are ill need not fast on this day. Many of the traditional mourning practices are observed: people refrain from smiles, laughter and idle conversation, and sit on low stools.
In synagogue, the book of Lamentations is read and mourning prayers are recited. The ark (cabinet where the Torah is kept) is draped in black.
Tisha B'Av is never observed on Shabbat. If the 9th of Av falls on a Saturday, the fast is postponed until the 10th of Av.

The 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it's clearly a day set aside by God for suffering.
Image result for israelites in the wilderness for 40 years
In the year is 1313 BC. The Israelites are in the desert, recently having experienced the miraculous Exodus, and are now poised to enter the Promised Land. But first they dispatch a reconnaissance mission to assist in formulating a prudent battle strategy. The spies return on the eighth day of Av and report that the land is unconquerable. That night, the 9th of Av, the people cry. They insist that they'd rather GO BACK to Egypt than be slaughtered by the Canaanites. Needless to say, God was highly displeased by this public demonstration of distrust in His power, and the Israelites lack of faith and consequently that generation of Israelites never ENTERS  the Holy Land. Only their children have that privilege, after wandering in the desert for another 38 years for a total of 40 years in the wilderness..
Image result for 586 bc
The First Temple was also destroyed on the 9th of Av (586 BC). Five centuries later (in 70 AD), as the Romans drew closer to the Second Temple, ready to torch it, the Jews were shocked to realize that their Second Temple was destroyed the same day as the first.
Image result for simon bar kokhba
When the Jews rebelled against Roman rule, they believed that their leader, Simon bar Kochba, below,  would fulfill their messianic longings. But their hopes were cruelly dashed in 133 AD as the Jewish rebels were brutally butchered in the final battle at Betar. The date of the massacre? Of course—the 9th of Av!
Following the Bar Kokhba revolt, Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the Temple and the surrounding area, in 135 AD.
Image result for battle of betar
One year after their conquest of Betar, the Romans plowed over the Jewish Temple the Jewish nation's holiest site.
The Jews were expelled from England in 1290 AD on, you guessed it, 
Tisha b'Av. In 1492, the Golden Age of Spain came to a close when Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand ORDERED  that the Jews be banished from the land. The  Alhambra Decree, the edict of expulsion was signed on March 31, 1492, and the Jews were given exactly four months to put their affairs in order and leave the country. At midnight on the 9th of Av Columbus (Hebrew name Colon) sailed to the New World. The Hebrew date on which no Jew was allowed any longer to remain in the land where he had enjoyed welcome and PROSPERITY ? Oh, by now you know it—the 9th of Av.
Ready for just one more? World War I began in 1914. And yes, amazingly enough, Germany declared war on Russia, effectively catapulting the First World War into motion, on the 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av.
What do you make of all this? Jews see this as another CONFIRMATION  of the deeply held conviction that history isn't haphazard; events – even terrible ones – are part of a Divine plan and have spiritual meaning. The message of time is that everything has a rational purpose, even though we don't understand it. 
Over time, Tisha B'Av has come to be a Jewish day of mourning, not only for these events, but also for later tragedies. Regardless of the exact dates of these events, for many Jews, Tisha B'Av is the designated day of mourning for them.
 Other calamities associated with Tisha B'Av are below:
Image result for golden calf idol
·         The episode of the Golden calf, above, (17th of Tammuz) in which the Hebrews, after their exodus from Egypt, reintroduced idolatry as a form of spirituality.
Image result for first crusade
·         The First Crusade officially commenced on August 15, 1096 (Av 24, AM 4856), killing 10,000 Jews in its first month and destroying Jewish communities in France and the Rhineland. 1.2 million Jews were killed by this crusade that started on the 9th of Av.
·         The Jews were expelled from England on July 18, 1290 (Av 9, AM 5050).
·         The Jews were expelled from France on July 22, 1306 (Av 10, AM 5066).
·         The Jews were expelled from Spain on July 31, 1492 (Av 7, AM 5252).
·         Germany entered World War I on August 1–2, 1914 (Av 9-10, AM 5674), which caused massive upheaval in European Jewry and whose aftermath led to the Holocaust.
Image result for himmler nazi

·         On August 2, 1941 (Av 9, AM 5701), SS commander Heinrich Himmler, above,  formally received approval from the Nazi Party for "The Final Solution". As a result, the Holocaust began during which almost one third of the world's Jewish population perished.

·         On July 23, 1942 (Av 9, AM 5702), began the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka.
·         Most religious communities use Tisha B'Av to mourn the 6,000,000 Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
·         On the 10th of Av the following events took place:

·         AMIA bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, above,  killing 85 and injuring 300 on 18 July 1994; 10 Av, AM 5754.

·         Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, also known as the "Disengagement plan", "Gaza expulsion plan", or Hitnatkut, began 10 Av, AM 5765; 15 August 2005.

Image result for israel's withdrawal from gaza

No comments: