Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
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MyJewishLearning.com
Your condensed guide to Tisha B'Av, the day when we remember the destruction of both Temples that once stood in Jerusalem, and how the holiday is traditionally observed.
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Edmon J. Rodman, JE feature
On Yom Kippur, we ask, “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha B’Av, we know who: the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona.
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Rabbi Yonah Gross
Tisha B'Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, will be observed beginning Saturday night, July 28. The day is synonymous with great disasters in Jewish history, especially when both the first and second Temples were destroyed. After the time of the Mishnah, many other calamities coincided with this day, including the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492, the...
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Menachem Z. Rosensaft
For more than 2,500 years, these fast days have remained on the Jewish religious calendar, and the Book of Lamentations continues to be read on Tisha B'Av. This is as it should be. Even though it is a far more recent horror, the Holocaust was no less a national Jewish catastrophe than the destruction of the first and second Temples...
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Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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