Tonight (Thursday) we begin the month of Av, the saddest month of the year, on the 9th of Av there is a full day fast that commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. According to some, every Hebrew month also carries a Zodiac sign and the sign for Av is Leo – the lion of Judah. This lion is the municipal emblem of modern Jerusalem, as a fulfillment of the verse Look, a people like a lion arises, like a lion, rears up. In medieval times the month started to be referred to as Menahem-Av, the word Menahem means comforter, as if to say that even to this darkest of all months, comfort will yet come.