Tammuz       Av (אָב)       Elul
The Second Temple in flames
Francesco Hayez, The Second Temple in flames,
1867. The 9th of Av, Tisha B'Av, is a fast
commemorating what has been called the saddest day in Jewish history,[1]
which is when the Holy Temple was set aflame.
Month number: 5
Number of days: 30
Season: Summer (Northern Hemisphere)
Gregorian equivalent: July–August

Av (Hebrew: אָב‎, Standard ʾAv, Tiberian ʾĀḇ; from Akkadian abu; "father") is the eleventh month of the civil year and the fifth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar.[2] The name comes from Araḫ Abu, "month of Abu", from the Babylonian calendar and appeared in the Talmud around the 3rd century. It is one of several months which are not explicitly named in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh). It is a month of 30 days. Av usually occurs in July–August on the Gregorian calendar.

The Babylonian Talmud, Taanit 29a, states that "when we enter [the month of] Av, our joy is diminished". This is because the darkest events in Jewish history occurred during the first week and a half of this month, particularly the Nine Days which culminate in Tisha B'Av, the 9th of Av. However, there is a minor and largely unknown holiday during the full moon of the month called Tu B'Av which was, in ancient times, one of the happiest days of the year. The month is also sometimes referred to as Menachem Av (Hebrew: מנחם אב‎) (Av of Comfort or Comforter of Father(s)), but most only use this title in the sanctification of the month recited on the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh and following Tisha B'Av.[3]

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  1. ^ Telushkin, Joseph (1991). Jewish Literacy: Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History. William Morrow & Co, 656. ISBN 0-688-08506-7.
  2. ^ "חדש אב - The month of Av". www.hebrew4christians.com. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  3. ^ "The Month of Av - Jewish Holidays". Jewish Holidays. 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  4. ^ Numbers 33:38.
  5. ^ II Kings 25:8
  6. ^ "Taanit 31a". www.sefaria.org. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  7. ^ "Av". Megillat Taanit. c. 66 CE. Check date values in: |year= (help)

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