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Jul 28, 2001 03:34 AM

Observance and Diet

  • k

What is the name of the Jewish observance being tomorrow night, SAt. the 28th? and what kinds of food can observant Jews eat during this period?

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  1. Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, is a sort of collective day of mourning that commemorates a number of unhappy events throughout Jewish history. It is a fast day, so observant Jews neither eat nor drink from sunset Saturday until after sunset Sunday.

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    1. re: Jill

      Tisha B'Av may commemorate more than one event, but its origin, to my knowledge, is as a day of mourning for the destruction of the 2nd Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

      1. re: Pan

        Actually, according to Jewish tradition the the destruction of BOTH temples along with a few other things (e.g. the Jews being sentenced to 40 yrs in the desert) all occured on Tisha B'Av.