Tisha B'Av

How Tisha b’Av Turns Into A Holiday

07/08/2013 - 20:00
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

07/30/2012 - 20:00
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

07/28/2012 - 20:00

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

07/25/2012 - 20:00
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.

Summer Reading, Yes. Beach Reading? Not So Much.

This weekend is Tisha B’Av, which is supposed to be depressing. For one thing, it's a fast day in the heat of the summer.


The Ongoing Relevance Of Tisha b’Av

07/23/2012 - 20:00

Jerusalem has been a bustling, even joyous city for the better part of a century, the destination of choice for visitors to Israel, most certainly for American Jews and thousands of our students. The Kotel is never lonely, and the real estate is so in demand that it has attracted foreign speculators and local resentment, understandably, by the have-nots.

One thing Jerusalem is not is that city described on Tisha b’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish calendar year (and observed Saturday night and Sunday), as a city that sits desolate and solitary.

Denver Jews Reach Out To Help Aurora Shooting Victims

07/23/2012 - 20:00

As Colorado and the nation tried to absorb the tragic massacre in a suburban Denver movie theater, local synagogues conducted special prayers and the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado launched a response fund for the victims and their families.

Tisha b’Av And The Numbing Of America

07/23/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Perhaps spurred by the trial over Michael Jackson’s death, there has been increasing concern over what is being called a painkiller epidemic. A Los Angeles Times found that deaths from prescription pain medication far surpass those from heroin and cocaine combined. An estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic physical pain, and countless more are facing emotional distress. Many of them are people are doing all they can to deaden their torment, and their doctors are obliging.

We are witnessing the Numbing of America. 

Joshua Hammerman

Mourning the Temple's Destruction? There's an App for That

Tisha B'Av, the 25-hour fast day beginning Monday night, is not the most popular holiday on the Jewish calendar. Many Jews let this summer day of commemoration of the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem (as well as other calamities that befell the Jewish people) go by without much attention. However, for the Jewish people who spend part of the night and day in solemn prayer, listening to the dirgeful recitation of Eichah (Lamentations), there is now an impressive Android app to help them follow along with the text.

Android App for the Tisha B'Av Reading of Eichah (Lamentations)

Tisha B'Av: Why We Should Still Care

The destruction that took place on the 9th of Av happened 2,000 years ago.
08/01/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Memorable events happen to everyone – and not just to individuals, but to groups, families, tribes. In most cases, the memory diminishes with time. When one is very close to an event, every detail is engraved on the mind, and of course, memories trigger an accompanying emotional response. But with time, the impact of such memories becomes less. We tend to forget almost everything; the sharpness and the colors of things past become tarnished. And even when they are written down or memorialized another way, events become smaller with time.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
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