What is forbidden during the nine days?
All forms of rejoicing are forbidden. One must also refrain from certain activities as a sign of mourning.This piqued my curiosity, since it is unusual in the Guideline series (there is a very well authored book for each Jewish Holiday) to have such a mystical statement. The fact that it came to my attention this year, the year of the “end of days” was none other than a message from Hashem that I need to pass on to you, my dear readers.
The main restrictions are:
· Making improvements to one's home or garden.
· Wearing new or laundered clothing.
· Making or buying new clothes.
· Eating meat or drinking wine.
· Bathing for pleasure.
Then it says: Whoever refrains from rejoicing during the first ten days of Av will merit to witness ten miraculous changes that will occur at the end of days.
We are being told that if a Jew strictly observes the time of mourning, these ten days, he or she will be blessed to receive the wonderful miraculous changes, the goodness that Hashem will bestow upon the world, upon His followers for eternity. That is the best deal I have ever heard. It is better than being handed the winning lottery ticket, since the payoff will be forever and ever and ever and (this goes on forever). All we have to do is go cash in the winning ticket and enjoy our prize.
I was curious to find out more about this statement. What is the source and even what are the ten miraculous changes? The source turns up in several places, but the main source is covered in the Talmud, Tractate Taanis 26b. There are additional sources, but it is not my purpose here, to get deep into the wording; it is all from Hashem. I have not found the listing of the 10 changes, which is definitely a question that would come to my comment area. More interesting is that fact that I can think of more than 10 changes that will happen (no more sickness, no more death, no more evil, no more hatred, no more problems, abundance galore, happiness galore, etc, etc, etc) so whatever we are being given as an easy way to greatly thrive, succeed and be happy, it is well worth adhering to the request. After all, would you turn down a winning lottery ticket because you are too busy to cash it in? Then don’t turn down this gift from Hashem, which is worth so much more to you and your loved ones.
I am still hopeful that the period of mourning will be cut short by the introduction of Moshiach, the flyby of Nibiru, the start of the worldwide redemption and all the miraculous goodies that are imminent. Please, put aside your flawed human logic for once and believe that Hashem is giving you the greatest opportunity for an eternal life beyond your wildest dreams. Starting this Friday, the beginning of the ten days, and cash in your winning ticket and be very stringent about the observances for the ten days (include everything that is for the three weeks as well, no weddings, no playing or listening to music, no haircuts; look it up). You will be as happy as can be.
One additional note: Since I know that many of my readers are not Jewish, I would say that following these requirements for the ten days may be very prudent, especially when you find out that you are a member of the lost tribes and actually Jewish. Why take a chance when there are enough winning tickets to go around.