This year, the fast of Tisha b’Av falls on Shabbos, and since we do not fast on Shabbos, unless it happens to be Shabbos Yom Kippur, the fast is postponed until Sunday. Right now we are still eating vegetarian food and abstain from wine, music, and some pleasurable activities. We also try to be extra careful not to get into any potentially dangerous situations; therefore, although there is no prohibition to travel during the days of mourning, since traveling always contains an element of danger, we try our best to stay put. Here is a delicious, nutritious, and quite filling main course I have invented specifically for this time. Enjoy!
Traveling through the streets of Paris with his entourage, Napoleon passed a synagogue and heard heart-wrenching wailing from within.
“Why are my Jews crying? – asked the emperor, – What happened to them?
“Sire, – rushed an aide-de-camp, “they are lamenting the destruction of their Temple.”
“What? Their Temple was destroyed and nobody told me? Where? When?”
“Your Majesty, I believe it occurred about seventeen hundred years ago in Jerusalem, and every year on that day they get together, fast, and mourn their loss.”
“Alors, – exclaimed Napoleon, “people who remember their past as if it happened just now, will definitely live to see their future!”
So says the Gemorrah (Taanis), that all who mourn the destruction of Jerusalem will merit to rejoice in its rebuilding. This story has been circulating in many variations and various settings, including the Russian Tzar and the Vilna Gaon, but the truth…
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