“Between the straits” בין המצרים is the 3-week period that began last Tuesday, between the 17th of Tammuz, when the walls of Jerusalem were breached, and the 9th of Av, when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.
It is written that in the time to come, the entire T’kufat Bein Hameitzarim (TBH) – תקופת בין המצרים – (“the period between the straits”) will turn into one great long 3-week celebration –
through the secret of entering Noah’s Ark – Teivat Noach – תבת נח – the word Tevah תבה, also from the letters TBH, means both ‘Ark’ and ‘Letter’ in Hebrew –
stepping into the Tachlit Beriyat Ha’Olam (TBH)- תכלית בריאת העולם – the Purpose of the Creation of the World, rooted in the mystery of the letters of the alphabet
The content of this future 3-week celebration of 22 days will be connected to the “It-hapcha”, אתהפכא – the turning around or Sweetening of the traditional Yom Kippur Confession וידוי, which is an acrostic based on the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet: Ashamnu, Bagadnu, Gazalnu…. (We have inccurred guilt, we have betrayed, we have stolen…) אשמנו, בגדנו, גזלנו…
The first day of this period will become the day of the “Shattering of the Walls” שבירת החומות (shevirat ha’chomot)- the shattering of preconceptions -שבירת המוסכמות (shevirat ha’muskamot). The eleventh day, the 27th of Tammuzכ”ז – ז”ך תמוז (Kaz or Zach Tamuz), corresponding to “we have deceived” (kazavnu, כזנבנו) will turn into a day of trickery, like April Fool’s, or Purim. 27 Tammuz is traditionally the birthday of Joseph.
The 12th day of the holiday, the 28th of Tammuz כ”ח תמוז will correspond to “we have made mockery of” (לצנו, latznu) – a grand day of mockery and fun (ליצנות – leitzanut)! In Gematria, “Latz” לץ – to make fun – equals 120 which is the numerical value of “Elijah the Prophet” אליהו הנביא.
On the eve of the 9th of Av, it is traditional to eat a meal of lentils עדשים (adashim), in memory of the meal Jacob fed his twin brother, Esau, to strengthen his spirit before acquiring from him the first-born status.
On the day of the “destruction” (chorban חורבן) one eats carob (charuvin חרובין), which signifies abundant grace (ribui chen ריבוי חן).
These last two days correspond to the letters Shin ש and Taf ת, which, when spelled out, equal “the Coming of the Messiah”‘ and “Completion”.
Adapted from the Hebrew text by Ariel Cohen Alloro. For full discussion see original
For more of Ariel Cohen Alloro’s work, see Facing Each Other: Making Peace between Judaism and Christianity