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Tisha B’Av

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, we were finally allowed to watch programs about the meaning of the day. We didn’t mind the boring talking heads...

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 Jerusalem approximately 656 years apart. It is the conclusion of the “Three Weeks” that began with the fast of the...

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 Jewish calendar that both Holy Temples, which stood on the site, were destroyed,

Sunday also is the start of the...

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 the heart of the Tabernacle (and, later, Temple) had seven branches.

The seventh year is marked as a Sabbatical; seven...

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 of a new translation of the Book of Lamentations, the main text read on the annual fast day, the Massachusetts-based...

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 the First and Second Temples, as well as other tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. Traditionally, it’s a time to...

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 the grace, of our connection to all Jews past, present and future, in times of suffering, as in times of...

A heretical view of Tisha B’Av

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

Let’s take a long, hard look at historical reality.  Those ex-slaves called Israelites have escaped their Egyptian prison.  And for the first time – like your six year old toddled off to school alone – in a strange, new world – they wandered eventually into Canaan, a land full of pagan playmates.

The Almighty, who can see beyond the curve of the...

On Tisha B’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha B’Av we already know who — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona.

“This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement.

Unknowingly, the governor connected me to the mood of the Ninth of Av, the Jewish day of mourning that...