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The Three Weeks is an annual mourning period that falls out in the summer. This is when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple and our launch into a still-ongoing exile. The period begins on the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a fast day that marks the day when the walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans in 69 CE. It reaches its climax and concludes with the fast of the 9th of Av, the date when both Holy Temples were set aflame. This is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, and it is also the date of other tragedies spanning our nation’s history. Observances: There are various mourning-related customs and observances that are followed for the entire three-week period (until midday of the 10th of the Hebrew month of Av, or—if that date falls on Friday—the morning of that day). We do not cut our hair, purchase new clothes, or listen to music. No weddings are held. 17 Tammuz is a fast day, on which we refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to nightfall. The final Nine Days of the Three Weeks are a time of intensified mourning. Starting on the first of Av, we refrain from eating meat or drinking wine, and from wearing freshly laundered clothes. 9 Av is a more stringent fast than 17 Tammuz. It begins at sunset of the previous evening, when we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather shoes, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. There is more to the Three Weeks than fasting and lamentation. Our sages tell us that those who mourn the destruction of Jerusalem will merit seeing it rebuilt with the coming of Moshiach. May that day come soon, and then all the mournful dates on the calendar will be transformed into days of tremendous joy and happiness.

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1 Sara Di Diego = "Visit Deily's "The Three Weeks" section here!"
2 Sara Di Diego = "This Holy Temple had been around for 830 years before it was destroyed.  It was considered the one construct that could always connect us to God.  In fact, 2/3s of the mitzvah is hinged on this Holy Temple.Work Cited:http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144573/jewish/Three-Weeks.htm"
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The first Temple built by King Solomon lasted 410 years and was destroyed in 586 BCE, the Second Temple lasted 420 years and was destroyed in 70 CE."
4 Enakshi Ganguly = ""the tenth month of the civil year and the fourth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a boreal summer month of 29 days, which occurs on the Gregorian calendar around June-July."Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tammuz_(Hebrew_month)"
5 Sara Di Diego = "You are also not allowed to swim or bathe for pleasure, remodel your home, plant trees (that will be used for shade or fragrance), or cut your nails.Work Cited:http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/144574/jewish/The-Nine-Days.htm"