The "Three Weeks" between the 17th of Tammuz (Sunday July 1, 2018) and Tisha B'Av (Sunday July 22, 2018) have historically been days of misfortune and calamity for the Jewish people. During this time, both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, amongst other tragedies... read more »

These days are referred to as the period "within the straits" (bein hametzarim), in accordance with the verse: "All her oppressors have overtaken her within the straits" (Lamentations 1:3)... read more »