Embracing Tisha B’Av: The Saddest Day on the Jewish Calendar.

On Tisha B’av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, we mourn the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem that were destroyed, along with other tragedies suffered by the Jewish people on this day.

Our sages teach that the ninth day of Av is a cursed day that is eternally destined for bad luck and tragedy. The first such tragedy was the biblical episode of the spies.

In the Book of Numbers, we read how Moses sent emissaries to spy out the Land of Israel prior to the arrival of the Jewish People. They were sent to bring back a report on the Land of Israel and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, the spies brought back an evil report in order to persuade the Jewish people to stay in the dessert and not enter the Promised Land. So frightening was their report that the people cried that night. It was a result of this event that God decreed that the Jewish people would be forced to wander the dessert for 40 years.

That night was the ninth of Av. We are taught that God told the people that since they cried for nothing on that ninth day of Av, they will cry on the ninth of Av forever.

Tisha b’Av Tragedies

Indeed, as mentioned, it is not only the destruction of the two Temples that we mourn. Rather, tragedy after tragedy has befallen the Jewish people on this day, and the crying continues.

Here are some of the other tragedies that occurred on the ninth of Av:

We can begin with the well-known episode of the Golden Calf, which occurred on the 17th day of Tammuz. (Tammuz is the month before Av, and it, too, is closely associated with the tragic flavor of Av.)

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The First Crusade began on the ninth of Av, corresponding to August 15, 1096. Over 1.2 million Jews were killed.

The Jews were expelled from England on the ninth of Av, corresponding to July 18, 1290.

The Jews were expelled from France on the ninth of Av, corresponding to July 22, 1306.

The Jews were expelled from Spain on the ninth of Av, corresponding to July 31, 1492.

Germany entered World War One on the ninth of Av, corresponding to August 1, 1914. This was essentially the start of the Holocaust.

SS commander Heinrich Himmler formally received approval from the Nazi Party for “The Final Solution” on the ninth of Av, corresponding to August 2, 1941.

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The deportation of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto, most of whom were taken to be gassed in Treblinka, took place on the ninth of Av, corresponding to July 23, 1942.

Definitely a day of tragedy, and we are told it will continue this way until Messiah arrives. Even the day after, the 10th of Av, has also been associated with tragedy since at least Talmudic times. In more recent times, it was on the 10th of Av, corresponding to July 18, 1994, that the Jewish Community Centre of Buenos Aires was bombed by Hezbollah-affiliated terrorists, killing 85 and injuring 300. And to end our list of calamities, the “Disengagement”, the unilateral withdrawal by Israel from Gaza, took place on the 10th of Av, corresponding to August 15, 2005.

Symbols of Mourning

The restrictions of Tisha B’av are similar to those of Yom Kippur. During the course of Tisha B’av, the  following activities are forbidden:

No eating or drinking;

No washing or bathing;

No application of creams or oils;

No wearing of (leather) shoes;

No marital relations.

Of course, those who are ill are permitted to eat, as needed. Another prominent feature of Tisha B’av is the reading of the Book of Lamentations, along with the recitation of ancient dirges that take place in the synagogue while worshippers are seated on the floor.

THE CCN. PULPIT. Preaching the word of God………..

Evenensong . Gospel, Prayer and Psalm…

Verse of the day.

Psalm 27:1

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 124. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side”—now may Israel say—

“if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us,

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then would they have swallowed us up alive when their wrath was kindled against us;

then would the waters have overwhelmed us, the stream would have gone over our soul;

then the proud waters would have gone over our soul.”

Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.

Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Evening Prayer.

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Blessing.

As we reach the end of another Sabbath day and the going down of the sun, may God reach out his mighty hand to bless all who keep his Sabbath and His word. Have a wonderful evening brothers and sisters, take everything to the lord in prayer.

May God bless you all and ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’. Amen.

LENDING A HELPING HAND TO THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS OF THE IDF.

Have you ever wondered what happens to a soldiers family when he is killed in combat???

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood afternoon brethren, welcome to the CCN, ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’. Today I am announcing a fund raising project which I pray you will all feel part of and to which you will want to contribute whatever you can for our project. I have set a target of $5000 to be collected in donations, which once collected, will then be passed on to one of our worthy causes, this time, the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) Widows and Orphans fund. The target of $5000 on this occasion will help to pay for some of the most basic needs for children in early development and for widows, struggling with the mental trauma of losing a Husband and Father in defence of his people and his country, sometimes with very little support. All I need you to do is donate $1.00. That’s right, just one single Dollar to our fund and believe me, if everyone here at ‘The Nation’ gives one Dollar, two would be better, we will hit our target of $5000 in a single day. If you are a supporter of the Church, a supporter of Israel and of the Widows and Orphans of the IDF, then PLEASE, help us to make a difference to a few young lives in the Holy land of our lord Jesus. Please see my short sermon entitled The Cheerful Giver
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
 
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifullya]”>[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
 
You may be having a hard time financially right now, it’s a common ailment, but if you are, then we here at the Nation will pray for you, but YOU may be the answer to a child’s prayer, one of these little ones growing up without a Father. Please, help us to help them and donate Just one Dollar to our worthy cause. Thank you and God bless you.
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About the IDFWO.The IDFWO (Charity No. 580202166) Organization is a non-profit organization that was established in 1991 as the sole organization, recognized by the State of Israel, to represent the widows, widowers and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers.Today we work with over 8,000 men, women and children who lost their loved ones in the IDF and security forces making the ultimate sacrifice for the State of Israel. Although it is impossible to fill the void of a lost spouse or parent, IDFWO works tirelessly to be a helping hand of warmth and love, to provide that backbone of support that a parent or spouse generally provides to his family.We are not a faith based charity – we provide all our members emotional, financial and social welfare programs and aid throughout the calendar year and though every milestone of their lives.

We are a fully democratic organization. Every four years the 50 members of our general assembly, the seven members for the Board of Directors, and the Chairperson are elected – all of which are volunteer widows, widowers or adult orphans. We have branches located throughout the country in order to address the needs of members in their areas, and each branch has its own Board of Directors including a representative from the IDFWO head office.IDFWOCA is a sister non-profit organization registered in Canada (Charity No. 8549079) working directly with IDFWO on behalf of the widows & orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers. IDFWO Canada is committed to providing grief support, financial aid and various welfare programs, with particular focus on religious life cycle events and social activities of IDF orphans.We can only run these life changing programs for our widows and orphans with your generous help. We promise that you can support us knowing that 100% of your donation will go directly to benefit the widows and orphans programs.

Ori, Yotam, and Neta- Sharing Their Experiences at Otzma ‘Strength’ Camps

“I came to a place where I made friends for life that understand me and support me.”
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Ori Greenberg, Son of Colonel Amotz Greenberg z”l

“My dad passed when I was 12 years old in Operation Protective Edge” Ori, whose father died while fighting in the operation to defend Israel by reestablishing security to Israeli civilians living through Hamas rocket fire and to destroy the Hamas tunnel system that was used to infiltrate Israel in 2014, tells us.

“About a month later (after the death), representatives from the IDFWO Organization came to my house and stared to explain how they were going to help us and that I can start coming to these Otzma (‘Strength’) camps.”

“I came to a place where I made friends for life that understand me and support me.”

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Yotam Omer, Son of Reuven Omer z”l

“I was about 6 when he died” Yotam tells us of the loss of his father Reuven Omer.

“The friends I have made through the organization are not friendships, per say, they are much more than that. They are my family. I can speak more openly to my friends at Otzma (‘Strength’) Camps, I can smile and react to the things I feel because I know they feel the same pain and suffering that I do. With my friends from the IDFWO, I can talk about anything.”
“It’s very nice to people that understand what you have been and love you.”
“If this organization didn’t exist, I can’t imagine how much harder my life would be, because I feel that they have been a pivotal part of my healing process by firstly, boosting my confidence, and secondly, because I have met a lot of new friends.”

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Neta Shaham, Daughter of Yakov Shaham z”l
“My father died when I was 6 years old.”
“Otzma (‘Strength’) camps are a place where people understand me and what I have been through because they have had a similar experience themselves.”
“I had my best friends and my family with me,” Neta says of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Trip to North America. “I felt so loved and cared for after the Bar and Bat Mitzvah Trip to North America. I became so close to the families that hosted me.”
“They are so excited to be here,” said Howard and Melissa Dakoff, supporters of the IDFWO and a host family in Chicago, on the experience, “For us, to be able to help bring happiness to these children’s lives and see them and interact with them and have them become a part of our family, is such an amazing experience.”
“We are one heart,” Said Howard, “and it is important for these children to know and understand that they have family everywhere they go because we are all here for them”
Neta expresses, “The IDFWO Organization, and all of its supporters, have helped me face the feeling that something is always missing in my life and overcome the sadness I have felt since losing my father, and help me be happy again.”

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