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August 11, 2019

Tisha B'Av (the 9th day of the lunar month of Av) falls on August 10 this year, but will be observed on August 11. If the morning of Tisha B'Av falls on a Sabbath, as it does this year, it is observed on the 10th of Av. Among observant Jews, Tisha B'Av is a day of fasting and mourning. On this date, the first Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and on this same date the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Throughout history other significant tragedies have befallen the Jewish people on this date.

August 4, 2019

Shortly before Passover, Yeshua went into the Temple and cleaned house. He drove out the sellers of sheep and oxen and doves, poured out the money-changers' coins, and overturned their tables. This was the first public act that launched Yeshua's ministry.1 He cleansed the Temple a second time right before Passover at the close of His pre-Crucifixion ministry. Figuratively speaking, this overturning of tables and cleaning of God's house typified things that He did throughout His entire ministry. He was continually exposing and correcting the errors that existed in the theology of His fellow Jews. This made Him a misfit in the first-century Jewish world.

July 22, 2018

Tisha B'Av (the 9th day of the lunar month of Av) falls on July 21 this year, but will be observed on July 22. If the morning of Av falls on a Sabbath, as it does this year, it is observed on the 10th of Av. Among observant Jews, Tisha B'Av is a day of fasting and mourning. On this date, the first Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and on this same date the second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Throughout history other significant tragedies have befallen the Jewish people on this date. For this reason the 9th of Av is a solemn day, and pleasures are avoided. Even the study of Torah is forbidden by the rabbis on this day, because the study of Torah brings joy, as it is written,

July 8, 2018

Shortly before Passover, Yeshua went into the Temple and cleaned house. He drove out the sellers of sheep and oxen and doves, poured out the money-changers' coins, and overturned their tables. This was the first public act that launched Yeshua's ministry.1 He cleansed the Temple a second time right before Passover at the close of His pre-Crucifixion ministry. Figuratively speaking, this overturning of tables and cleaning of God's house typified things that He did throughout His entire ministry. He was continually

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