I often see the following from Yerushalmi Berachot cited as a source that Moshiach will be born on Tisha B'Av:

עובדא הוה בחד יהודאי דהוה קאים רדי געת תורתיה קומוי עבר חד ערביי ושמע קלה א"ל בר יודאי בר יודאי שרי תורך ושרי קנקנך דהא חריב בית מוקדשא געת זמן תניינות א"ל בר יודאי בר יודאי קטור תוריך וקטור קנקניך דהא יליד מלכא משיחא

What is the nature of the connection between Tisha B'Av and Moshiach? Are there other sources that discuss this relationship?

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    Perhaps that God makes sure we have the antidote when He sends the plague.
    – Baby Seal
    Jul 29, 2014 at 20:49

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It's brought down in some Sichos from the Lubavitcher Rebbe that there's a question: How can Hashem destroy the Beis Hamikdosh? There is halochos against destroying even a Shul. The answer is that it was destroyed in order to build a nicer and better one. So the destruction -tisha b'av- is connected with the rebuilding -moshiach-.

  • Maybe He built it Al Tenai?
    – Double AA
    Sep 3, 2014 at 6:25
  • Did it have Kedushas Beis Hamikdosh even after the Shechina left?
    – Double AA
    Sep 3, 2014 at 6:26
  • @DoubleAA what do you mean by "maybe he built it Al tenai"? it has holiness, the rambam says we can bring korbonos on mokom hamizbe'ach
    – user613
    Sep 3, 2014 at 6:28
  • I'm going to add a related story with explanation from a sicha when I have time
    – user613
    Sep 3, 2014 at 6:30
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    Maamer Gadol Yiyeh Kavod HaBayis 5722
    – Dude
    Sep 10, 2014 at 0:47

There are several. Some of them are brought here by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

  • Kabbalistically Kiddush Levana is said after Tisha B'Av because the afternoon is the time of the birth of Moshiach.

  • Similarly, Rabbi Chaim Vital (the main student of the Arizal) says we can say Pesukei Nechama - verses of comfort, which are normally skipped on Tisha B'Av, at Mincha because it is the birth time of Moshiach. This brought in Halacha in the Birchei Yosef.

  • The Pesikta Rabbati says that "Joy will only come on Tisha B'Av" - emphasizing the turnaround from its current status of mourning - which can be connected to the same idea.

  • Based on the above he says that this is the inner reason why Tisha B'Av is called "moed" - a holiday.

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    Kiddush Levana isn't said in the afternoon though.
    – Double AA
    Jul 29, 2014 at 21:54
  • it's said that night after tisha b'av
    – Dude
    Sep 10, 2014 at 0:45

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