Tisha B'Av

In The Words Of The Prophet


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.

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

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?

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

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

How Tisha b’Av Turns Into A Holiday

Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:10 p.m.
Torah: Deut. 1:1 - 3:22
Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27
Havdalah: 9:17 p.m.
Tisha b’Av: July 15-16 (fast ends 9:05 p.m.)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Fasting Separately, Breaking The Fast Together

Staff Writer

After sundown on Sunday, at the end of the day-long Tisha b’Av fast that commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temples in ancient Jerusalem, the more than 200 people who gathered at one Seattle-area synagogue faced east for their evening prayers.

Half of them turned toward Mecca.

Photo by Shana Aucsmith

Temple Mount Closed To Jews On Tisha B'Av; Stones Thrown At U.S. Teens Near Old City


Reports that Jewish extremists would create "provocations" spurred Jerusalem police to close the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors on Tisha b'Av.

Muslim leaders threatened to riot in return, leading to the closure on Sunday, according to reports. The calls for the provocations appeared on several websites, Ynet reported.

Muslims are observing the holy month of Ramadan, and Muslim worshipers reportedly were allowed on the Temple Mount on Sunday.

Tisha B'Av Thoughts, 2012

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Regardless of what else is going on in today’s Jewish world, Tisha B’Av- the fast of the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av- and the three weeks that lead up to it- is a sad and dispiriting time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.
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