In part 23 of this series, we showed that the end of a year in God’s calendar is not an instantaneous event, like December 31st at midnight, but over a period of days that begins with Rosh HaShana, and ends with the blowing of the shofars on Yom Kippur.

In this article series we have usually waited for events to happen, watching what God might do, and then writing about those events. These included, for example, the declaration of a Jubilee Year by the Pope, and the declaration of Golan being forever part of Israel by the Prime Minister of Israel. But in this case, we choose to write about the Ninth of Av before it happens.

The day on the Jewish calendar that is commonly referred to in English as the Ninth of Av is in Hebrew, called Tisha Be’Av, literally meaning “9th in Av.” Av is the fifth month of the Biblical calendar that started in spring with the month of Nissan, and is the 11th month of the Civil calendar that began the Jubilee Year last Fall in the month of Tishri.

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