Tisha B’Av

On History and Memory

You can learn history, but how does one acquire memory?

Lamentations

Eicha, the Book of Lamentations, asks important questions that address the theological crisis following the Jewish exile.

Beyond the Three Weeks

The month of Av brings with it forgiveness similar to the experience of Yom Kippur.

Kinot for Tisha B’Av

The liturgy for the 9th of Av includes Lamentations and special additional elegies.

A Communal Mourning

On Tisha B'Av, re-enacting the sorrow felt by those who survived the destruction of the Temple

Tisha B’Av 2017

Tisha B'Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) begins at sunset on Monday, July 31, and continues until the evening of August 1.

Tisha B’Av: Transforming Victimhood, Accessing Our Most Powerful Selves

The great challenge is learning how to honor the past while being able to create a future based on fresh ...

Arrived: First of Our Long Awaited Refugee Families!

Or Shalom, Vancouver’s East-Side Shul, the synagogue I serve as spiritual leader, is a community of 200 households that has ...

Fasting For A Tolerant and Pluralistic Israel

#BlackLivesMatter has generated a wave of rebuke from the American Jewish establishment ever since it published its online Platform on ...

Tisha B’Av: Why Commemorate Tragedy?

Every person has a different way of dealing with grief; some cry, shout, pray, fast, or choose to celebrate and remember ...

9 Meat-Free Dinner Ideas for the 9 Days

We are currently in the midst of what is known as The Three Weeks, and more specifically, we are in ...

Nowhere to Run (And a Good Thing, Too)

Three friends are having a hard time. One laments being lonely unpartnered. Another tends a spouse with a tough prognosis. ...