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Artist conception of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.


Tish’a B’Av 2022 / תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב 5782

The Ninth of Av

Tish’a B’Av for Hebrew Year 5782 begins at sundown on  and ends at nightfall on .


Tisha B’Av (Hebrew: תשעה באב or ט׳ באב, “the Ninth of Av,”) is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem, which occurred about 655 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. Tisha B’Av is never observed on Shabbat. If the 9th of Av falls on a Saturday, the fast is postponed until the 10th of Av

I receive daily food email newsletters from many food sources, having the preparation of food of prominence in my life since I was a teenager, and having been a classically trained chef working in restaurants and professional food operations for so many years. I find the myriad of folks now in the field interesting and I can no longer do such work, except to cook for my lovely and dear wife in our home. I gather recipes as a sort of hobby at this point in life. Kind of like gathering bouquets of flowers and only pulling one out to display.

This is part of something I received today from a wonderful and full of life Jewish cook and chef, who has been asked to co-host the Tisha B’Av program while overlooking the Kotel;

“Tisha B’Av has historically been a day of grave national calamities for the Jewish people. We mourn the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash- both the First and Second Temples were destroyed on this day. Their destruction was brought about by sinas chinam- baseless hatred among the Jewish people. On Tisha B’Av, we must take an accounting of ourselves. Are we in pain because of our brothers and sisters suffering? Do we reach out to G-d on behalf of the Jewish nation? Can we turn our mourning on its head through unity and baseless love? How can I inspire a nation on Tisha B’av? It felt like a staggering responsibility.”

“I’m streaming on demand starting at 9 am Eastern Sunday morning, co-hosting the Aish Annual Tisha b’Av program, overlooking the Kotel, the Temple Mount, the site of our future, third and final Beis Hamikdash, G-d Willing soon!!!!”

“The program is full of inspiration, meaning, tears (yes, I cried on camera!!!!)”

“You will get the chills. You will understand your purpose as a Jew and you will join the movement to learn and share timeless Jewish wisdom with (me and with Aish and with) your peers and the world.”

“Just like they believed in me [Rabbi Burg, the CEO of Aish and Rabbi Elliot Mathias, COO of Aish, as Jamie Geller to co-host the program] I believe in you and the entire Jewish people. This Tisha B’av, let’s unite with love and wisdom as a nation. We can do it!”

Jamie Geller is pictured on the left in the above image.


Jamie Geller is a spirited, vibrant person. With truly good intentions. And fantastic recipes and a wonderful chef and cook. Yet still with scales over her eyes and a closed heart to the Word of God, as is almost every Jew. A stiff-necked people.

The two temples were destroyed due to God’s wrath and judgment brought upon the rebellious and disobedient Jewish people turning to the pagan world, pagan idols, false gods, and total arrogant rebellion against God and His instruction to them. Allowing His people to become enslaved to those people, pagans, living around the Jews they were instructed to destroy and not adopt the ways of the pagan peoples living around them. This the Jews refused to do. They openly disobeyed God. Suffering the consequences and being enslaved, their temple destroyed, because they turned from God, God let them be given over to their lusts, their rebellion and disobedience, and their idol worship — with horrific repercussions for them.

Read Numbers, Deuteronomy, Judges, Joshua, and the books of the Old Testament for a start. These are not ancient words pertaining to people we can’t know or relate to. These are words of current and direct relevance! To the Jew of today, as well as every professed Christian today — and to every unbelieving heathen pagan today!

Each generation, even when Moses was alive and leading them as God’s chosen prophet — each generation rebelled and turned away from God and to the pagan world and ways. Loving the world more than God. Only to bring disaster and harsh judgments upon them.

Each subsequent generation became weaker in the ways of the Lord and His statutes and commands — as the people clearly knew the consequences for disobedience yet disobeyed so easily and swiftly — to the point that after Joshua and the elders of Joshua’s time passed on the remaining people had grown up spoiled and without strong guidance turned to their own ways and every evil under the sun. Shunning God and His Word and ways. Receiving their just reward.

The destruction of the temples.

And there will not be any unity, harmony, or peace in Israel or the Middle East. A person thinking their efforts to exude what passes for love according to the world, that individuals by their will can bring about peace, harmony, and unity is a walk down the road of foolishness and utter destruction.

I like Jamie Geller. She certainly knows her food and exudes a wonderful and sincere personality, but tragically she is blind and of the world even though a devout Jew. And that is part of why she is blinded and thinking as the world does…

Let’s pray for the land of Israel and for every Jewish person on this fallen and rebellious earth.

Let us sincerely, faithfully pray for Israel, which is God’s chosen land, and for Jerusalem, God’s chosen city — Isreal being the center of the earth and the most important place in world history even though Americans and most others would vehemently disagree — and let’s pray mostly for the people of Israel and Jewish people worldwide. That as Tisha b’Av nears there will be some that have their stiff necks loosed, the scales from their eyes removed and the darkness in their hearts denying Jesus, denying the whole Word of God removed and they would truly turn to God, and to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit and all of God’s Word, finally, while our Good God blesses them with breath and a beating heart!

It is said and taught among the Jews the temples were destroyed due to senseless hatred among themselves — when in truth the temples were destroyed by the evidence to the One True God of their hatred towards His instruction and ways and their desire to do as was their will, not according to God’s will, and of course there was evil and unrighteousness and backbiting and internal hatreds that resulted — but to this day they refuse to see and acknowledge the root cause. Turning from God and to the world. Turning from God’s clear instruction and adopting the pagan ways of the world. A hatred of God and His truth and a love of the world, and refusing to care about the destruction such a love of the world brings.

Ken Pullen, A CROOKED PATH, Thursday, August 4th, 2022