What Are the Three Weeks?
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 that many other tragedies befell our people.
Sat, 20 July 2019 = 17th of Tamuz, 5779
י״ז בְּתַמּוּז תשע״ט
Parashat Balak (in Diaspora)
From and including: Monday, August 21, 2017 (eclipse)
To, but not including Sunday, August 11, 2019
Result: 720 days