Tisha B’Av

The Last Paper

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

For 30 years I have been writing a “Musings” column of roughly two hundred words each week for The Jewish Week. In time these columns went out electronically as well, titled “Off The Pulpit” and now appear in the Times of Israel. The Jewish Week is going...
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Smoldering

By RABBI JOSEPH H. PROUSER

On the Ninth of Av, we fast to recall the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We customarily refrain from eating meat even on the Tenth of Av… when the ruins of the Temple continued to smolder. For this reason, Rabbi Yochanan considered 10 Av...
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A holiday marking one societal rupture, Tisha B’Av spurs Jewish creativity amid another

By PENINA BEEDE

(JTA) — For many observant Jews, the mourning over the destruction of the two ancient Temples in Jerusalem on the fast of Tisha B’Av actually begins three weeks earlier with the onset of a period of mourning during which it’s customary to avoid joyful activities like weddings...
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Most Jews don’t know much about Tisha B’Av. That gives us educators a huge opportunity.

By TOVA BIRNBAUM

PALO ALTO, Calif. (JTA) — As a child, I always looked forward to Tisha B’Av, as weird as that may sound.

It was the one night a year that we were allowed to put the sofa cushions on the floor, and after three weeks with no television,...
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Tisha B’Av begins at sundown Wednesday

Tisha B’Av, known as the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, commences at sundown Wednesday and ends an hour after sundown on Thursday evening. The holiday also known as “the Ninth of Av” is a major fast day and commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in...
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Jews allowed to visit Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av after initial ban

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jews were permitted to visit the Temple Mount following clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli security forces.

Jewish visitors initially had been banned from the site on Sunday, the day of the fast of the 9th of Av, or Tisha B’Av, which marks the day on the...
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Sevens

By RABBI JOSEPH PROUSER

In certain games of chance, the number seven is considered particularly lucky. Throughout the Hebrew Bible, the number seven is a recurring feature. God rests on the seventh day, the culmination of creation. Noah brings seven pairs of pure animals onto the Ark. The Menorah at...
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How Tisha B’Av can help us understand the refugee experience

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — For many Jews, Tisha b’Av is centered around mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. But that interpretation misses out on an important lesson that is made more relevant by recent events, Rabbi David Seidenberg argues.

With the release...
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Marking Tisha B’Av during a long, hot summer

By EDMON J. RODMAN

(JTA) — As the fast day of Tisha b’Av approaches, the summer heat and humidity is rising.

That got me thinking: Does the solemn day have the stuff to raise our consciousness as well?

Tisha b’Av — this year it begins on the evening of Saturday, August 13 — marks the destruction of...
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OP-ED: Learning to argue on Tisha B’Av

By YEHUDAH MIRSKY

JERUSALEM (JTA) — As we approach Tisha B’Av, the State of Israel is at war. The day’s commemoration of sorrow and pain, and urgent calls for introspection and reflection, couldn’t be coming at a more needed time.

On Tisha B’Av we take upon ourselves the burden, and...
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