Which sad events are we actually remembering during the three weeks and nine days? The Talmud recounts the five calamitous events that took place on the 17th of Tammuz and another five on the 9th of Av in this passage about fast days.
The Talmud says that the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed because of a mix-up between two men, Kamtza and Bar Kamtza. The classic story of misunderstanding, humiliation and betrayal depicts a society rife with baseless hatred which led to tragedy.
Have you ever thought about God’s reaction to the destruction of the Temple? The story is told of Rabbi Yosei who walked into a ruin in Jerusalem to pray. He was met by the prophet, Elijah, who gave insight into God’s reflection on the destruction of the Temple and the exile of His children.
The book of Lamentations, Eicha, is traditionally read on Tisha B’Av. Reading a description of the events in heartbreaking, yet beautiful, poetry sets the mood of the day. The Sefaria library connects Eicha to its commentaries which allows you to dig deep into the text.