Temple / Tisha be'Av

Talmud Gittin 55b – 56a: “Kamtza & Bar Kamtza”

The destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans (70 CE) Photo: Temple Institute Jerusalem B”H Last night after Shabbat ended (August 10, 2019), the Jewish world entered Tisha be’Av (9th Av). This particular day of mourning is very much connected to the famous Talmudic teaching of “Kamtza and Bar Kamtza”. The Gemara (Rabbinic discussions) … Continue reading

Minhag / Sephardi Judaism / Tisha be'Av

Tisha be’Av: “Cleaning for Meshiach & Baking a Cake”

B”H Someone told me that certain Sephardi communities follow two interesting customs (Minhagim) on Tisha be’Av. Especially Jews from Tunisia like to clean their homes on Tisha be’Av. They call it “Cleaning for Meshiach”. According to some sources, Meshiach is supposed to come on a Tisha be’Av and thus Sephardic communities use the opportunity and … Continue reading