Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774
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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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A somber darkness envelops the sanctuary; prayers are read in muted candlelight, and the Torah scrolls are draped in black. At the 31/2-hour service on erev Tisha B'Av at Congregation Mikveh Israel in Center City, the normal prayer melodies are "replaced by the monotonous and heart-wrenching cadence" that evokes a sense of mourning, explained Rabbi Albert Gabbai. The holiday, a...
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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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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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