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9th of Av

Q: Should Noahides mourn and fast on the Ninth of Av?

Q: Rabbi, Could you tell please what you think of the 9th of Av and Bnei Noach? Should we fast or at least mourn? Thank you, Ahava

A: The Ninth of Av is the day in which the ability of the Jewish people to serve as a light for the nations suffered serious harm. The Temple of Jerusalem was the spiritual center of the entire world. Its destruction has serious consequences for every righteous person in the world. Therefore it is appropriate for Bnei Noach to mourn or fast on this day because the events of the day concern them too.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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