Updated: May 27, 2020
Article from: Alon HaKodesh (2) Tu B'Av Edition
Perplexing as it may be in our times, attaining spiritual success on Tisha B’Av (9th of Av) means that you’ve cried [real teshuva tears] over the monumental loss of the Holy Beit HaMikdash, almost two thousand years ago. Even more puzzling is when we learn that Tu B’Av (15th of Av, i.e. less than a week later), is coined as one of the two most joyous days for the nation of Yisrael (Ta’anit 26B). Though not an official biblical or rabbinical holiday, Tu B’Av is treated as a special day where Tachanun prayer is not recited. In addition to the half a dozen reasons mentioned in the same Gemara, the Sages are also teaching us one of the principal foundations to a successful life—it’s okay to be sad, but not for too long.
“Mitzvah gedola lihiyot b’simcha tamid”