That legacy - empathy for victims and vigilance against bigotry - is the gift my grandparents offered with their Prayerbook
This year, amidst the war that rages on the ground, in the shattered remnants of our hearts, we believe the world needs an extra Shabbat of Comfort, an extra dose of compassion, an extra week to seek comfort for all of God's fragile creation.
In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.
How can we draw on the ancient wisdom of Biblical Israel as an indigenous people in sacred relationship with the Earth? How can we use this storehouse of wisdom toward helping heal all Humanity and Mother Earth today, from a crucial planetary crisis threatening the very life and health of all of us?
While numerous joyous events took place on Tu B'Av, it may seem a bit strange that our sages relate that no other day even comes close.
Though Jews and Muslims were fasting for different reasons -- the Jews in observance of the solemn holiday Tisha B'Av, and
Tisha B'Av is the culmination of a period of three weeks of mourning, which begins on the 17th day of Tammuz, the day the Roman army breached the walls surrounding Jerusalem in 69 CE.
Levy plans to take the teens to Los Angeles-area synagogues Monday night for prayers. The following day, they will head to
This week, we are immersed in the days leading up to the most mournful day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av, which marks the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and the horrific degradation and loss of life that were wrought.
If Jewish-owned and Jewish-supported businesses worked with governments and local producers, we could set a new standard that honors and even raises the prevailing wage in countries. We could be proud of the clothes we wear, and not just because it's the "in" look.
Lamentations, one of the five scrolls in the Jewish Bible, is a response to the destruction of the first Temple. Written in a dense, terse, poetically rich and complex five chapters, it has been a challenging text since its appearance.