9 Av 5777 / July 31, 2017
Tisha b'Av, which means the "Ninth of Av", refers to a traditional day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. In contrast to Orthodoxy, Reform Judaism has never assigned a central religious role to the ancient Temple. Therefore, mourning the destruction of the Temple in such an elaborate fashion did not seem meaningful. More recently, in Reform Judaism Tisha b'Av has been transformed into a day to remember many Jewish tragedies that have occurred throughout history. Learn more about Tisha b'Av.