Turning Mourning to Joy

In this week’s class, Ross shares a vital message of turning mourning and sadness into joy. He begins by covering various events in history that led to associating the 9th of Av with fasting and mourning. This day has produced a history of horrors to the Jewish people, but the various fast days will one day become times of joy and gladness according to the prophet Zechariah. How will this transition take place? Ross shows that the answer is found in our focus. Whenever a fast day falls on the Sabbath, the mourning associated with the day is pushed out so that the Sabbath will always be a delight. Is there something to learn from this custom? Ross believes so and sets out to prove this point from Scripture. Can mourning truly ever be turned to joy?

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