Tisha B'Av

Signs Of Hope

07/28/2015 - 20:00

At a time of so much worrisome news, from the prospect of an enriched and emboldened Iran to the deepening Washington-Jerusalem rift, allow us to note two positive events this week: the opening of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, and what the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel called “a small but hopeful moment in Israeli society” that took place in Jerusalem.

Mourning The Temples’ Losses

07/20/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

If Yom Kippur is the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, Tisha b’Av is the saddest.

The holiday commemorates the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem, the exile that followed the sacking of the Second Temple by the Romans two millennia ago, several expulsions of Jews from European countries, and other tragedies throughout Jewish history. It has come to be the date when many Jewish tragedies, including the Holocaust, are commemorated.

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The Sin Of Senseless Hatred, Still With Us

07/08/2015 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnists

It is that time of year again, the so-called “Three Weeks” preceding Tisha B’Av, the anniversary of the destruction of the Temples in ancient Jerusalem. The observant Jewish community is in an unusually somber mood. There are no weddings, no major parties, and a variety of other quasi-mourning practices are followed.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Drawing The Tradition

In his ‘Visualizing the Bible’ show, David Wander makes the Torah his own.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Culture Editor

David Wander makes books that might be 50 feet long, illustrating biblical and other stories with great artistic skill, creativity and appreciation of the text and its layers of meaning. One page leads to the next, and the handmade books fold up like accordians.

Wander in his studio: “Writing, burning, writing it again.” Courtesy of David Wander

In The Words Of The Prophet

08/05/2014 - 20:00

Suffering is universal.

Reading from the Book of Lamentations on Tisha b’Av, Monday night, we were confronted with vivid and painful descriptions of the ravages of war and devastation. “Behold and see if there is any pain like my pain, which has been dealt out to me,” writes the Prophet Jeremiah. He is describing the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem centuries ago, but the words and emotions are as timely as today’s headlines. “My children are desolate for the enemy has prevailed.”

Crowdfunding Towards the Third Temple

This Tisha B'Av, Temple 3.0 might be closer than you think.

08/04/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

What’s the most efficient way to hasten the Messianic age?

How about a crowdfunding campaign.

Third Temple on the Dome of the Rock. Wikipedia Commons.

Israel’s War-torn Three Weeks

07/28/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

For traditional Jews, the Three Weeks are the darkest period on the Hebrew calendar. The period, which starts on the 17th day of Tammuz and ends on the ninth day of Av (Tisha b’Av, next Tuesday) when both Holy Temples in ancient Jerusalem fell, to the Babylonians and Romans, respectively.

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Next Day On NYC Parking-Suspension Calendar: Tisha B'Av?

07/17/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

City Councilman David Greenfield will introduce legislation on July 24th to add Tisha B’Av to the city’s list of 26 days of suspended alternate-side parking, he announced Thursday.

Greenfield, a Democrat, represents the Bensonhurst, Borough Park and Midwood parts of Brooklyn, which have heavy Jewish and Orthodox populations.  While car owners would still have to pay for metered parking, they would not have to move their vehicles for street cleaning.

Under proposed bill, Jews would still have to feed the meter while fasting on Tisha B'Av. Getty Images

Beyond Tikkun Olam: An Agenda For Tisha b’Av

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Tisha b’Av — the day of mourning for the loss of both Temples in Jerusalem and for the end of Jewish sovereignty until 1948 — is often marked by turning inwards, by examining the senseless hatred and other societal failures that the Talmud blames for the destruction and exile. (It fell earlier this week.) For some, this is a day to focus on tikkun olam (repairing the world) and to heed the words of the Prophets by protesting against corrupt leaders and injustice.

Gerald M. Steinberg

In The Name of Joshua And Caleb: Perception Does Not Have To Be Reality

Tisha b'Av commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. Our sages explain that the seeds of these tragedies took root during a much earlier event (Talmud Tractate Ta-anit, 29A).

Rabbi Michael Levy
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