Tisha B'Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar because of the incredible series of tragedies which occurred on that date throughout Jewish History.
Tisha B'Av means "the ninth (day) of the Hebrew month of Av." Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.).
Although this day is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
You can learn more about this Jewish fast day (July 30, 2009) at:
May we see the rebuilding of the Temple in our days and that Tisha B'Av becomes a day of celebration.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I created a new, three year, Jewish holiday calendar card which I posted on my website for you to view, download or print.
The address is:
There are two image sizes and an Acrobat PDF file.
For best printed results use the Acrobat PDF file. When printing the PDF file use the print option "fit to print margins".
If you live in Ma'ale Adumim or the Jerusalem area, the free, laminated, magnetic version of the calendar card should be available at the end of August.
Please share this message with your relatives and friends.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I uploaded a new Learn Hebrew video to the Internet. The topic of the new video is: In the kitchen.
The 25 words in the learn Hebrew video include:
bowl, cup, dishwasher, fork, frying pan, funnel, glass, hot plate, kettle, knife, ladle, napkin, microwave oven, oven, paper towel, pitcher, plate, pot, refrigerator, rolling pin, sink, spoon, strainer, table, towel
The address is:
The updated page also contains past videos that I uploaded.
Feedback is welcome.
Please share this message with anyone that may be interested in learning Hebrew. Thank you!
Have a good day,
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Today I created a new Facebook album called:
History of Israel and the Jewish People
I added 10 pictures to it and I hope to add more.
Suggestions are welcome.
If you are currently fasting - have a meaningful fast.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
On Tuesday morning, July 7, 2009, I was at Ben-Gurion airport to greet the new olim that made aliyah from North America to Israel.
There were 232 olim on the flight including 60 singles (including 22 joining the IDF) and 42 families with 93 children.
The youngest oleh in the group is 7 weeks old and the oldest oleh is 83 years old. The flight also included 7 dogs and 1 cat.
I took 294 pictures of the exciting event and I posted them online at:
I also posted the 294 pictures on Facebook for name tagging.There are two sets of pictures.
Click Here for the Facebook Pictures
If you have a Facebook acccount and you are in the pictures or see someone you know, please feel free to name tag the pictures.
May the aliyah from all over of the world grow and bring more Jews back to their homeland, Eretz Yisrael.
Have a good day,
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Petah Tikva resident Yitzhak Yazdanpana has set the new world record for growing the longest cucumber.
Check it out at: