Today’s holidays: The Fast of ’Av (Judaism), Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Roman Catholicism), Display of the Embarrassing Swimsuits (Church of the SubGenius).
Today is the Fast of ’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, marking some of our worst tragedies. When one reviews the laws for fast days, one of the first things one reads is that fasting and associated practices, while obligatory on certain days, are not an end in themselves. Thus to spend a fast day touristing or playing video games is forbidden. because that would be missing the point. Fasting and suffering are a means to the end of repentance. This post is meant to comment on a contemporary mistake that we have yet to correct.
Various relevant articles:
- “The 9th of Av: A Time to Mourn... A Time to Build”
- “The Temple taboo”
- “Danon: Equal Prayer Rights on Temple Mount Now” (Someone is trying to get my vote.)
- “Muslim Extremists Force Jews From Temple Mount” (As I keep saying on my Facebook account, the police suck.)
- “A historical description of Tisha Be’av”
- “Weeping in the silence – Tisha Be’av”