The practice of fasting evokes many of the worst associations with religion: asceticism, self denial, and fear of the body and its pleasures. Moreover, because most fasts in the Jewish tradition are associated with the destruction of the Temple, many liberal Jews see them as irrelevant or obsolete. Yet fasting has transformative potential, if we approach the practice from functional, rather than mythic, terms.Read more
The sadder side of the Jewish past.
What to do (and not do) on Tisha B'Av.
The customs and rituals all relate to mourning practices.
Test your knowledge of this day of mourning.
This book offers insights and explanations of Talmudic and traditional sources that shed light on this sad day.
A special reading for Tisha B'Av that sets the tone for this tragic day.
Poetry recounting the sorrows.
The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.
The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.
There are some unique aspects to communal worship during Tisha B'Av.
Recovering the benefits of denial.
The prohibitions of Yom Kippur also apply on Tisha B'Av.
A traditional recipe for breaking the fast.
This book on Kabbalah, Mindfulness, and Embodied Spiritual Practice looks at Judaism's take on everything from fasting to walking.
How can we mourn a loss that happened thousands of years ago, and what is the value of that grieving?
The Temple & Destruction
A look into the psyche of ancient Judaism.
Re-enacting the sorrow felt by those who survived the destruction of the Temple.
The Holy City changed hands many times in history.
Stories from the Talmud about coping with destruction and building for the future.
Buy the volume we read from on Tisha B'Av. Full Hebrew text, with English translation and commentary.