The three-week period that begins with the fast of the 17th of Tamuz and climaxes with Tish’ah B’Av is known as “The Three Weeks.” It is a time of mourning and reflection for the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem as well as many other tragedies that befell klal Yisrael over the course of history. In order to internalize and grow from the memory of these calamities, Chazal instituted increasing degrees of mourning practices during this period.

For example, we don’t conduct weddings, play musical instruments, or listen to music, recite the She’hecheyanu blessing, etc.

Rav Soloveitchik explains that the period of The Three Weeks is designed to gradually bring the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash into the center of our consciousness. Proper observance of these halachos prepares us to take the next step and begin to experience a true sense of aveilus during The Nine Days and through Tish’ah B’Av. It is only through the meticulous observance of the halachos of mourning for the Beis HaMikdash that we can reasonably hope to merit seeing the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdash in our lifetime.

There is a story told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris on Tish’ah B’Av. As he passed a shul, he heard the sounds of mourning. “What’s this all about?” Napoleon asked. An aide explained that the Jews were in mourning for the loss of their Temple. “When did this happen?” Napoleon asked. The aide replied, “About 1,700 years ago.” Napoleon said, “A nation that cries and fasts for 1,700 years for their land and Temple will surely be rewarded with their Temple.”

List of People Who Need a r’fuah sh’leimah (a complete recovery)

Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.

Yonasan ben Sigalit

David ben Sarah

Yaakov ben Simchah

Eliyahu ben Margalit

Yitzchak ben Mazal

Yitzchak Chaim ben Sarah

Yosef ben Nosrat

Moshe ben Mazal

Mordechai ben Chanah

Shlomo ben Miriam

Yosef ben Renee

Nesanel ben Miriam

Ariel ben Sarah

Chaim Yonah ben Ilana

Ovadiah ben Avraham

Tinok ben Yocheved

Michael Chayim ben Ilanit

Chai Yitzchak ben Esther Rivkah

Shalom ben Tofucha Malkah

Yisrael ben Raizel Shoshana Miriam

Rafael ben Sveta

Shlomo ben Samsi

Fredel bas Hendil

Rachel Leah bas Esther

Adele bas Sarah

Ava bas Ilana Esther

Sonia bas Rachel

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchama Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadasah bas Devorah

Ora bas Naomi

Miriam bas Rivkah

Elka Rachel bas Sarah Malkah

Lielle Devorah bas Esther

Blume bas Esthel Rivkah

Tziporah bas Fruma

Miryam bas Sarah

Shalvah bas Sarah

Ahavah Chayah bas Neda

Rachel bas Batya

Sima Leah bas Vikia

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