Tisha BAv

In the Face of So Much Evil, The Only Consolation

From the ashes of Tisha B’Av to uncovered Nazi medical experiments, the Jewish people relentlessly endure.

When Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State Went to Jerusalem

The bond between Judaism and Jerusalem is ancient and unbreakable, on the saddest day of the year and every other day.

Transforming the Pain of Tisha B’Av to Active Responsibility

It is not enough to hope for redemption; we must be the catalyst for it.

Why We Fast on the 17th of Tammuz

The five tragedies that happened on this day.

The Radical Act of Fasting

In a world filled with immediacy and indulgence, the countercultural act of fasting teaches us how to temper our most immediate urges.

Healing the Brokenness Within: How to Tap into the Energy of Tisha B’Av

Every Jew is likened to a holy Temple. Let's start rebuilding by repairing our inner fragments.

Why Jews are the People of the Moon

What is the deeper meaning behind the small moon looking as big as the vast sun?

Burning Books and the 17th of Tammuz

A hallmark of all repressive regimes is burning books. The burning of the Torah is one the tragedies that happened on this fast day.

Under Siege: Past and Present

What the siege of Jerusalem teaches us about the Covid-19 siege.

Rachel's Tears: Exploring the Meaning of Tisha B'Av

What is the point of feeling sad on Tisha B'Av?

Mourning the Old Normal

Take time to mourn the life we used to have.

Connecting on Zoom: Life Without the Temple

Living without a Temple is like living your life on Zoom – you're always craving for real connection.

Tisha B'Av at the Kotel: Leading Speakers Explore the Meaning of the Day

In conjunction with Aish HaTorah's Corona Emergency Campaign.

Seasons of the Moon: Av– IBM and The Nazis

How were the Nazis able to carry out the Holocaust - something extremely complex - without a computer?

Taking Out My Box of Grief

Why I'm looking forward to Tisha B'Av this year.

Addiction Recovery and Tisha B’Av: Lessons from the Frontlines of Pain

My work with individuals struggling with addiction has given me a deeper understanding of the value of sitting with pain and discomfort.

Seasons of the Moon: Tammuz – The Burning of the Torah

Where one burns books one will in the end burn people.

The Temple Mount: A Jerusalem Day Tour from the Aish HaTorah Rooftop

Exploring the significance of Judaism's holiest location.

Charlie Harary on Tisha B’Av: A Day of Yearning, Not Sadness

The point of Tisha B'Av is to focus on what life would be like with the presence of God in it.

10 Jewish Quotes About Kindness

Now is a prime time to increase our acts of kindness.

Mourning for My Son on Tisha B'Av

I used to struggle to really mourn on this day. Now I don't even need to try.

Yearning for Jerusalem

Why Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple matter.

5 Reasons Why the Western Wall is Holy

The Western Wall is a surviving remnant of the Temple Mount where the Temple stood, bringing God's presence in the world.

The Spirit Lives On: A Tisha B'Av Video

Just because we can't see it doesn't mean it's not there. A true story.

Seeing God in Tragedy

The doctor called us directly. Something was wrong.

Word by Word: Rebuilding Together During the 9 Days

From now to Tisha B'Av, let's commit to being careful in how we speak to each other.

The Preacher who Taught Me How to Mourn for the Temple

My life-transforming moment in a remote village in Nicaragua.

But What If I Don't Want the Sacrifices of the Temple to Return?

I’ve never liked the idea of animals dying for me… or God.

PODCAST: The Three Weeks: A Time of Introspection

Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller talks about learning who we are now, and who we want to be.

Why the Jews – Part 1

Understanding the root of the world's longest hatred.

Building You 2.0: An Inspirational Tisha B'Av Experience

A 40-minute exploration into the meaning and history of this sad holiday, featuring Rabbi Leiby Burnham of Detroit and Rabbi Pinchas Landis of Cleveland.

PODCAST: The Period of Tisha B’Av: Are We in a Battle between Good vs. Evil?

Rabbi Ken Spiro on why our enemies attack and how we can bring light to a dark world.

Crying for Nothing on Tisha B’Av

God is waiting for us to open our hearts to His love. We need to let Him in.

Liberators and Survivors: The First Moments

The liberation of concentration camps by the US Army at the end of WWII.

All My Mothers: The Story of Yehudit Kleinman

Hidden and raised as a Christian in an convent, Yehudit had to make a fateful decision that would shape the course of her life.

Whose Child Are You?: The Story of Tswi Josef Herschel

Given to non-Jewish strangers by his parents when he was a baby, Tswi’s traumatic early years led him to fulfill the dreams of his murdered parents.

The Auschwitz Album: Visual Evidence of the Process Leading to the Mass Murder

The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

When My Son’s Car Broke Down Outside Kiryat Joel

If you get upset at a fellow Jew, remember this story.

17th of Tammuz

Beginning three weeks of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Seven Principles for Maintaining Jewish Dialogue

How to overcome disagreements respectfully to ensure we continue to thrive as a people.

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