Yom Kippur, the other major fast day, is known as the "White Fast" because it reminds us of atonement. But this day, Tisha B'Av is known as the "Black Fast" because on it, we remember:
Even in more modern times, Tisha B'Av has been a terrible day for the Jewish people:
Zechariah 8:18-22 promises:
"Again the word of the LORD Almighty came to me. This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The fasts of the fourth [the start of 3 weeks of mourning leading up to Tisha B’Av], fifth [Tisha B’Av], seventh [Yom Kippur] and tenth months [the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem] will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace."
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, 'Let us go at once to entreat the LORD and seek the LORD Almighty. I myself am going.' And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the LORD Almighty and to entreat him."
May that day come soon, Lord God!
Until then, we shall remember...
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