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Tisha B'Av

  • Write Your Own Dirge for Tisha B’av

    Jewish tradition teaches that we are commanded to write a Torah in our lifetime, but not a kinah, or dirge. For ages, our prophets and rabbis have done this for us, filtering and distancing, putting our most painful group memories into acrostic, poetic form. Beginning with Eicha (Lamentations) and continuing with additional kinot, our forebears… More ▸

  • On Tisha B’av, Laments for an Israel Seemingly on Edge of Ruin

    Commemorating Tisha B’Av in Jerusalem is a bit of an exercise in paradoxes. On the one hand, the remains of the Holy Temple whose destruction we lament on this national day of fasting and mourning are just a stone’s throw away, on the same hallowed ground where generations of Jewish soldiers died fighting for their… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Feature Rummage Sale on a Fast Day? Tisha B’av Marked in Various Ways

    Traditional Jews mark Tisha B’Av by fasting, reading from the Book of Lamentations and observing rituals of mourning But Tisha B’Av at The Valley Temple, a Reform synagogue in Cincinnati, took on a less somber demeanor last year. Temple sisterhood members spent the holiday busily hosting their annual rummage sale, sorting through piles of household… More ▸

  • Holiday Feature for Children at Summer Camp, Tisha B’av is Way to Learn History

    On Wednesday evening, July 17, my son Jeremy, 13, will join friends and campmates around three bonfires in a large pasture in the shadow of the Santa Susanna Mountains, north of Los Angeles. But they won’t be roasting marshmallows or singing “Out in Right Field.” Instead, in this deliberately dark and somber setting, they’ll be… More ▸

  • Jews Win Right to March on Tisha B’av

    Israel’s Supreme Court has approved two petitions granting Jewish groups the right to march around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and to enter the Temple Mount on the Tisha B’Av fast day, which falls on Sunday. This represents the first time that the court has allowed the militant Faithful of the Temple… More ▸

  • Tisha B’av Prayers Go on Undisturbed Despite Tumult over Temple Services

    Tisha B’Av prayers at the Temple Mount passed without disturbance on Thursday, despite attempts by the “Temple Mount Faithful” to hold prayers on the mount itself. Police arrested one member of the Kach movement, Rabbi Meir Kahane’s right-wing party, who is suspected of having incited the worshipers to violence. Several thousand worshipers came to pray… More ▸