Tisha B’Av

What I can’t stop thinking about this week.

This week, we have heard endless blatheration on what Trayvon Martin should have done, whether Zimmerman was legally culpable, whether ...

This is real and you are completely unprepared!

This is real and you are completely unprepared! What? Just the thought strikes panic in my heart. I like to ...

Haftarah for Vaetchanan

Finally, some words of comfort for Jerusalem and its people.

Haftarah for Devarim

Isaiah charges the people with rebellion against God.

Fasting From a Functional Perspective

Recovering the benefits of denial.

Shabbat Hazon & Shabbat Nahamu

The Sabbaths before and after Tisha B'Av provide a message of comfort and consolation.

A Day of Disaster

Many calamitous events are said to have occurred on Tisha B'Av.

Tisha B’Av History

The tragic events commemorated on this day of fasting and mourning.

Destruction As Punishment

Tradition gives a separate reason for the fall of each Temple.

Personal & Communal Observances

The customs and rituals all relate to mourning practices.