August 4: Tisha b’Av

In Conclusion

As these sad days of Tisha b’Av come to an end, we rejoice in God’s absolute promise to gather the Jewish and return them to Jerusalem to worship them in the beauty of holiness.

Jeremiah 3:16-18

 “Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the Lord, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.

“At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.

 “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.”

 

PRAY FOR ISRAEL TO REMEMBER GOD’S FAITHFULNESS AND TURN TO HIM WITH WHOLE HEARTS.

The mikveh is a bath used for the purpose of ritual immersion in Judaism.
Several biblical regulations specify that full immersion in water is required to regain ritual purity after ritually impure incidents have occurred. A person was required to be ritually pure in order to enter the Temple. In this context, “purity” and “impurity” are imperfect translations of the Hebrew “tahara” and “tumah”, respectively, in that the negative connotation of the word impurity is not intended; rather being “impure” is indicative of being in a state in which certain things are prohibited until one has become “pure” again by immersion in a mikveh.

 

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