Tish’a B’Av 2021

The date for Tish’a B’Av 2021 is Sunday, July 18, in the Hebrew Year 5781.
Tish’a B’Av begins at sunset, Saturday July 17th and ends at sunset Sunday, July 18th.

According to history, many disastrous events have occurred on Tish’a B’Av, also called the Ninth of Av, the saddest day in Jewish history. Some of those events are:
• The bad report brought by the spies from the promised land.
• The destruction of the first and second Temples.
• Numerous wars have started on this date.
• Numerous bombings and killing of Jews have happened on this date.

The last two years have seen the following events:
• Av 9, 2019 – August 11th, 2019. Palestinian Muslims shout at Israeli security forces (unseen) in the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. At least five vehicles were damaged in attacks by Jerusalem Arabs hurling stones between the start of Tisha B’Av, which began with the fall of darkness on Saturday evening, and Sunday at 12 noon. An 18-year-old Jewish boy was seriously wounded Sunday morning when he was attacked by an Arab terrorist on Hagai Street in Jerusalem.

• Av 9, 2020 – July 30th, 2020. Protests against the Israeli government due to the Covid-19 lock-downs continue unabated. Hamas views Israel’s intentions to extend its sovereignty over parts of the Jordan Valley, Judea and Samaria as a declaration of war.

• Av 9, 2021 – July 18, 2021. Tish’a B’av was marked by unseasonable heat. Violent Arabs began to confront police before dawn in order to prevent Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount. The Arabs barricaded themselves into the compound in an attempt to prevent the police from entering and pelted police with rocks and stones. The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha began on Monday evening, July 19, 2021 and Jews were banned from the Temple Mount until Sunday, July 25th. A US left-wing anti-Israel group, Jewish Voice for Peace, observed Tish’a B’av, by “praying” for the destruction of modern Israel.

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