August 1, 2020 | Tisha B’Av


Tisha B’Av

This week marked the observance of Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. It’s the anniversary of many tragedies—the destruction of both the First and Second Temples, the expulsion of the Jewish people from England in 1290 and from Spain in 1492, and more. Remembering these painful memories eventually takes its toll. That’s why some rabbis have historically wanted to get rid of this day as a Jewish holiday. 

But Tisha B’Av can’t be left to history. God didn’t let these tragedies happen for no reason. Bitter memories are not always meant to be forgotten because they can strengthen our relationship with God through repentance and trust. This week we’ll learn why mourning our sin is a healthy habit, and we’ll see how our failures can teach us to live differently with an accurate understanding of who we are and who God is.

The Feasts Of Israel: Seasons Of The Messiah

By Bruce Scott

The Bible is a Jewish book written by Jewish writers with a Jewish worldview. That means the holidays and feasts of the Old Testament have hidden meanings that are clear in a Jewish context that we should know, too!

The Feasts of Israel: Seasons of the Messiah will teach you the fullness of Jesus’ ministry by explaining the rich symbolism of the feasts of Israel.


Apples of Gold: Unholy Fire

When Zvi came home from serving in the army, he and his family visited a town where they were burning books. He noticed New Testament Bibles in the fire. He asked why they were burning Holy Scriptures, and they proclaimed it was filled with lies. Brokenhearted, Zvi took one out of the fire and read to them from Hebrews 11 and other Scriptures. The people listened to the truth of God’s Word, and God changed a rabbi’s heart through Zvi’s bold faith.

Zvi’s story is available in Elwood McQuaid’s book, “Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph over the Holocaust,” available at our online store.

More stories from Zvi are also available in his book, “The Best of Zvi,” available at our online store.


Everyone experiences difficult circumstances, but God has planned for us to thrive in the midst of troubling times. As we come to sense the presence of God in our trials, we will discover how we fit into God's purpose and plan, and we’ll find comfort and encouragement to experience a confident life in Christ!

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The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

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