Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

By:
David Ackerman
At the heart of the observance of Tisha B'Av -- the annual day of national mourning that marks the destruction of the ancient temples in Jerusalem -- lies the chanting of the biblical book of Lamentations. A collection of five distinct poems of lament, Lamentations -- or Eichah in Hebrew -- serves as the source for our tradition's language of...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 We wandering Jews are always on a journey. Each year, as we make our way though the summer months, we concurrently journey through the wilderness of Numbers. Now, at the end of July, we arrive at Deuteronomy, the final book of the Torah. Like the first portion of every biblical book, this week's portion shares its name...
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The holiday of Tisha B'Av is not on every Jewish person's radar, but it should be. The one holiday that hits us in the heat of summer, Tisha B'Av -- which begins this year on the evening of July 29 -- is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE...
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Last week's portion ends with Pinchas taking his spear and stabbing a Midianite woman and the Israelite man who brought her into camp. Pinchas follows them into their chamber, perhaps stabbing the couple as they begin their embrace. Their crime of passion is met by Pinchas' equally passionate response. They are not tried in a court or even brought before...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Matot-Massei, Numbers 30:2-36:13 Book-ended by a fast commemorating the beginning of the Romans' siege of Jerusalem, and another fast marking the city's destruction and the burning of the Holy Temple, the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B'Av represent the darkest point in the Jewish people's history: Its banishment from the Land of Israel an the sacking...
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