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49 days until Rosh Hashanah

There are seven weeks between Tisha b'Av and Rosh Hashanah. Forty-nine days between the spiritual low point of our year, and the newest of new beginnings. Reb Zalman z"l taught that these 49 days parallel the 49 days of the...

As Israeli soldiers crushed Gaza, world Jewry united, and sent Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to the front

On the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'av, a former Israeli combat officer says that world Jewry united behind Israel during the Gaza war of 2014: "We saw the beauty in each other, we understood: we are a family." But that war was a massacre of Palestinian civilians, including 500 children. Religious nationalism is a dangerous belief system.

A day to expose the big lie

Here’s a clip of my discussion with Avi Abelow of Israel Video Network on the special significance of Tisha b’Av this year and how it exposes the Muslim Arab world’s lies over Temple Mount. For the full video, please click here. The post A day to expose the big lie appeared first on MelaniePhillips.com.

A day to teach the world

Tonight Jews start the fast of Tisha b’Av, or the ninth of the month of Av. I cannot recall a year when this fast has been so freighted with anxiety, poignancy and the full weight of Jewish history. For through this fast the Jewish people...Show More Summary

On Tisha B’Av, we must mourn our complicity

Marc Ellis writes, "Tisha B'Av is upon us, a fast day for Jews, commemorating the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem. With the accumulation of events of destruction in Jewish history, though, Tisha B'Av has become a time to mourn subsequent calamities that befell the Jewish people. Show More Summary

Prisoners of Hope: Why We Mourn on Tisha B’Av

4 months agoReligion / Judaism : Aish.com

In direct proportion to our yearning do we experience the joy of re-connection.

Tisha B’Av: Turning Mourning into Action

4 months agoReligion / Judaism : Aish.com

It is not enough to hope for redemption, we must be the catalyst for it.

Finding the Joy of Tisha B’Av

4 months agoReligion / Judaism : Aish.com

Why is the saddest day of the Jewish year called a “festival”?

Balancing joy with sorrow: a d'var Torah for Shabbat Shachor

It's Shabbat Shachor, the "Black Shabbat" that falls right before Tisha b'Av. Today our experience of the sweetness of Shabbat is tempered by awareness of what's broken, from our own ancient stories of destruction and becoming refugees to what we...

Rabbi Rosen’s final mourning

With Tisha B'Av upon us, Rabbi Brant Rosen has released his contemporary take on the Biblical Book of Lamentations - Lamentation for a New Diaspora. Marc Ellis writes, "Rabbi Rosen's lamentation is poetic, strong and dark. Trauma is the global name of the game. Show More Summary

Napoleon and the Purpose of Mourning on Tisha B’Av

4 months agoReligion / Judaism : Aish.com

Why do Tisha B’Av and Passover always occur on the same day of the week?

A Letter to My Beloved on Tisha B’Av

I desperately yearn for the day we can reconcile and rebuild our home.

When Breath Becomes Air

Tisha B’Av and the yearning for connection.

On healthy humility as Tisha b'Av approaches

As Tisha b'Av approaches, I've been thinking about ???? / anavah, humility. About this quality, my friend and colleague Rabbi Barry Block writes: The Mussar Institute’s recommended daily affirmation for ???? (anavah – humility) is, “No more than my place,...

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