Beginning at sunset tonight and ending at sunset tomorrow is Tisha B’Av.

The first and second Jewish temples were destroyed approximately 656 years apart – but each of these fateful events happened on the same date (month and day) in the Jewish calendar – a date that is referred to as Tisha B’Av or the 9th of Av.

It is commonly described as “the saddest day in the Jewish calendar” and it is generally the day that Jewish people contemplate the historic tragedies that have befallen them.

You can read more about Tisha B’Av here and here.