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Tishʿah be-Av
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Since Antiquity, the Ninth of Av (Hebr. tishʿah be-Av) has been one of the most important Jewish days of mourning, lament, and fasting. Tradition holds that the greatest catastrophes and calamities in Jewish history occurred on this day, and many historical events have for this reason been retroactively assigned the same date. The liturgical customs associated with Tishʿah be-Av also award special significance to this day in the Jewish calendar.

Tishʿah be-Av is the ninth day of the fifth month in the Jewish religious calendar and the eleventh month in the civil calendar (July/Augu…

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Goldberg, Sylvie Anne, “Tishʿah be-Av”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0928>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20230815

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