Despite the terrible events that have occurred on this day in Jewish history, the mourning associated with Tisha B’Av will not continue indefinitely.
Ezekiel prophesied that when Gentiles “hallow”—revere, respect and bless—the Jewish people, God would return them to their ancient homeland.
That Yom Hazikaron is symbolically linked to the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) 24 hours later is no coincidence.
From sundown to sundown the next evening, Tu B’Shevat is celebrated with tree planting and enjoying the fruit of trees. It also marks the beginning of the agricultural year for the purpose of biblical tithing.
“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.’”