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The Hidden Festival
Why are there is no confession or supplication prayers on the 9th of Av?
Tisha B’Av, although a fast day, is considered in some ways as a festival. Even though the Holy Temple was destroyed on that day, nevertheless, the Jewish people were saved from extinction for G-d, in His infinite mercy, poured his wrath on wood and stone instead.
Injecting a Celebration
Every year on the 5th of Av he would complete an entire tractate of the Talmud, after which he would host a festive meal of meat and wine.
The Ohev Yisrael said: "From our crushing embarrassment that in these days — when the Holy Temple was destroyed — we are nonetheless able to sit and rejoice in a festive meal, from this we merit to bring forgiveness for the whole Jewish nation."
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