Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Two description of Tisha B'Av in 19th century newspapers

In the 19th century, apparently, Jews referred to Tisha B'Av as the "black fast" and Yom Kippur as the "white fast."

The earliest description I can find in English-language newspapers is from The Argus of Western America
25 Jun 1828. It was printed in Kentucky, which was "western America 'at the time.

The article is about the customs of Jews altogether.

Towards the end, it describes fast days, and then descends into bizarre claims and antisemitism.

A much more accurate description can be found in The Western Daily Press (Bristol, England) 13 Aug 1883:

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