The Three Weeks
The Three Weeks begin today, as we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. The period begins on the 17th of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. This year the fast day is today as yesterday was Shabbos). Raize speaks about the 5 catastrophes that occurred today and some of the customs observed. The 3 weeks are a time to get closer to Hashem because He is “traveling” and is closer to us. The Three Weeks reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av, the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date that many other tragedies befell our people.