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The Ninth of Av Tisha B’Av

By Cheryl Glover, New Thought Kabbalah

Thursday August 3, 2006 this year, is the 9th of AV-Tisha B’Av.

The ninth day of Leo in the Hebrew calendar. 'AV' named by Abraham after the word for Father.

Tisha B’Av is considered the most Light-deprived day of the year! Some of humanity's greatest tragedies have taken place on this day: the destruction of both Temples, the signing of the "Final Solution", the Expulsion from Spain. It was the day that an Al El jet crashed, on and on.

The Kabbalistic view is though this day reveals incredible darkness, by restricting our behavior during the three weeks preceding the 9th of Av, we can reverse this process and help to create a positive environment. How do we restrict our behavior? Religious Jews will fast and meditate on this day. Others will restrict their ego. What would this look like? It might mean doing something extra nice for another. It might be giving to charity. It might be going the extra mile.

The Kabbalistic belief behind 9th of Av is that there is a metaphysical balance: out of darkness we find light. This is also the day on which the Maschiach (Messiah) will be born. In Kabbalah we learn that where you find the greatest negativity, you can also find the greatest positive light through spiritual change.

In Kabbalistic terms the Messiah is not a human but a concept. When we defeat our reactive natures we bring the Messiah consciousness about through internal spiritual growth. Tisha B'Av is a reminder that we need to commit to this process. Instead of focusing on the destruction of the first and second Temples, we focus on bringing about the building of the final Temple. The final Temple is the inner Temple. When enough of us have built the inner Temple, then the world will reflect this Messianic event. Tisha B'Av is the Event Horizon warping us into the new dimension where the final Temple grows.

With every generation that fails to rebuild the Temple, it's as if the Temples were destroyed again. Now is the time to link our consciousness towards the future. Now is the time to link our consciousness to our inner Maschiach and grow this consciousness. The Zohar speaks of two choices: war or messiah consciousness through personal spiritual growth. If spiritually sophisticated people commit to be this spiritual warrior, to bring about this divine consciousness, there will be more Light in the world. The Zohar says that if enough of us bring about this consciousness we can prevent that war.

This is a call to all spiritual warriors to build the final Temple. As it says in the Torah:

"My heart, my heart! For their slain ones. My insides, my insides! For their murdered ones. For you, Hashem, have burned her down with fire, and with fire, You are destined to rebuild her, as it is written: I shall be for her, so did Hashem proclaim, a wall of fire all around, and for glory, shall I be within her. "(Zecharyah 2:9)

Blessed are You, Ha Shem, Who builds Jerusalem.

Blessings for a safe journey,

Steps  for Thursday.

The following comes from

Tisha B'Av 

Tisha B'Av (the Ninth day of the Hebrew month Av) is the second most severe fast day of the Jewish calendar (behind Yom Kippur). It marks the culmination of a three-week period mourning the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, known as "bein ha-metzarim" (literally, "between the straits") or more colloquially known as the "Three Weeks". The period begins with another fast day, the 17th of Tammuz, when the second Temple walls of Jerusalem were breached in 70 CE. On Tisha B'Av both the first and second Temples were burned to the ground. Tisha B'Av and the Three Weeks period has become a national time of mourning for the Jewish people, commemorating a host of tragedies that have befallen us throughout the generations. Restaurants and theaters are closed in modern day Israel on Tisha B'Av.

Tisha B'Av : 9th of Av Jewish View:

Tisha B'Av means "the ninth (day) of Av." usually occurs in the English Calendar during July or August. The Fast of the Ninth of Av, is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, many of which coincidentally have occurred on this ninth of Av. The worst of Jewish tragedies occurred on the 9th of Av. Most notably the destruction of both Temples. (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.).  Although this holiday is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people. In chronological order it's source began with the sin of the spies whom spoke negatively about the land of Israel to the Jewish nation (noted in the book of Bamidbar of the Torah). That same night the Jews mourned for lack of faith. Ever since, G_d had given the nation a real reason to mourn in correction of this lack of faith. Throughout history, the Temples burned, the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, Pogroms and  World War I and II have all occurred on this momentous day. In the future this day of mourning will completely turn into a day of rejoicing as the true Moshiach will be born on this day removing the yoke of the nations around us.




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