Tisha B'Av

2. Mourn the victims of humanity's brutality in times past. Those who do not study the past are doomed to repeat it, Santayana
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Jews are in mourning. They have been, at this time of year, for nearly 2000 years, and more. Every year they recall that their most sacred site, the Jerusalem Temple, was destroyed at this time.
This week, Jews around the world are marking Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning for all that is broken in ourselves and in our
In this world where so much seems beyond our will, what is within our grasp to hold on to?
Someday, the Ninth of Av will change from a day of destruction to a day of celebration. How can we speed up the process?
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.
A few days ago I downloaded the "Code Red" app to my phone that Israelis use to follow the thousands of rockets being launched over the border from Gaza. Over the course of thirty minutes the phone sounded more than 10 times.
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
Yesterday, Jews around the world observed Tisha B'Av, a fast day commemorating half a dozen Jewish tragedies, the most significant being the destructions of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.
This Tisha B'Av was especially poignant. For we weep and fast this year together with more than a billion Muslims, who are fasting in this month of Ramadan.
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.
“Throughout Jewish history these objects were thrown into fire by our enemies and people who hated us,” Kaye said. “We want
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.
On Tisha B'av, we weep while recalling the most difficult moments in Jewish history. So how are we supposed to deal with adversity in our lives?
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.