Only every once in a while, the most somber day of the Jewish year, the 9th of Av, falls out on Shabbat, and when it does, we get a glimpse into what the day will look like during the End of Days.
This year, the 9th of Av is on Shabbat, and though we limit ourselves in some ways (for example, the customary learning of Pirkei Avot during summer Shabbat afternoons is suspended), the moments before the fast begins at sunset, we feast.
Under normal circumstances, the meal before Tisha B’Av matches the tone of the succeeding day: simple, unembellished, mournful. However, when the Tisha B’Av and Shabbat coincide, we prepare and partake in a festive pre-fast dinner, replacing egg and ash with our delicious Shabbat delicacies (or hummus and salad). Even as we approach the saddest day of the year, we rejoice in Shabbat, and hold onto its inherent peace and pleasantness.
This Tisha B’Av, and this Shabbat, we get two doses of peace and pleasantness: that of Olam Haba and that of the Final Days, when instead of sitting on the floor in mourning, we will gather round festive tables to eat and sing, and thank G-d for the day that our tears of paint turned to tears of joy, and the holes in our lives were filled once and for all, with happiness, security, and complete clarity.