Tisha b’av is the day when Jews mark some of the tragedies that we have experienced. Traditionally, it is a fast day. Today, some Jews fast and some do not.
But does it matter if we fast? Does God care one way or another? And in general, what does God care about?
When the Jews returned from exile in Babylonia, they asked the prophet Zechariah if they should fast on that day. The prophet responded in a surprising way, not answering the question directly and focusing instead on what he considered to be the essence of the spiritual life and where such a life would lead.
The prophet’s message is very significant and uplifting for us today. It speaks directly to the true meaning of spirituality, and is relevant for all.
Class Name: “Truth and Shalom Shall Ye Love”: The Deeper Meaning of Tisha b’av For Modern Jews Teachers:Rabbi Uzi Weingarten