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What everyone else is saying is mostly true, but there is another reason besides for tisha b'av's potential to be a yom tov, and that is because slichos is asking for forgiveness which every other fast day is about, but tisha b'av is only about mourning, not teshuvah. So to sum it all up slichos isn't connected to the happiness of the day, rather the ...


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/13540#.VbUGMflVhBc I found this answer. It basically says that since this day of mourning is so great, it is as if the "gates of prayer have been closed".

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