This is an overview of shiva asar b’Tammuz, Tisha b’Av and the Three Weeks which I wrote many, many years ago for my old Geocities website (I’m dating myself here… does anyone still remember Geocities?).
I have gone over it a bit (I didn’t have an electronic copy anymore, so I had to type it in), but the style is still a little different from what I usually do. But it’s hopefully somewhat fun and somewhat functional and a good way to introduce these topics.
For this time of year, I really recommend Round and Round the Jewish Year (link is to a different volume in the set), a series I use quite a bit anyway, because it has a lot of information even for months that aren’t really dealt with as much in kids’ material. And they show girls, and mommies! (here’s a previous review) However, the selection for Tisha b’Av does contain the rather grisly, and lengthy, story of Titus’s Death by Mosquito. Avoid if your kids are sensitive.
In any event, my overview is here now – hope it’s useful to somebody! (and let me know if you spot any boo-boos!)
For grownups, I also recommend checking out my Tisha b’Av FAQ, which always starts heating up at this time of year. All the questions folks are afraid to ask their frummie neighbours but don’t mind asking Rav Google.
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