Tisha BAv

Why the Jews – Part 1

Understanding the root of the world's longest hatred.

Prisoners of Hope: Why We Mourn on Tisha B’Av

In direct proportion to our yearning do we experience the joy of re-connection.

Finding the Joy of Tisha B’Av

Why is the saddest day of the Jewish year called a “festival”?

When Breath Becomes Air

Tisha B’Av and the yearning for connection.

The Pope in Auschwitz

God has given the Jewish people the grace to cry.

If I Forget Thee, Auschwitz

Tisha B'Av and the desensitization to tragedy.

Joy & Tisha B’Av

In the terrible, wonderful paradox of the Jew in exile, we are permanently, gratefully, happy. And temporarily, terribly sad.

The Iran Deal and the Hebrew Calendar

It’s no accident that the deal was finalized only last week.

Rock Bottom

The death of my husband forced me to reexamine the purpose of my existence.

A Land Devoid of Peace

In Israel on a solidarity mission, the mourning is palpable.

Making Tisha B’Av Relevant

How do we mourn what we do not know?

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

An elegy to the Jewish people for the 17th of Tammuz.

A Different Sorrow

Mourning for the wholesome world I once grew up in.

The Funeral Director

When the unbearable becomes the norm.

Filling the Crevices of the Wall

In the darkness of destruction, we’re reminded of the opportunity to rebuild.

The Homeless Jew

For a child of divorce, feeling tears on Tisha B’Av is easy. It’s finding hope that’s the real challenge.

Expectant World

Our most significant achievements are formed somewhere deeply hidden.

The Strength to Constrict

Understanding the power of the Tisha B’Av fast.

If Only

On Tisha B'Av I can feel the weight of thousands of years of “if onlys.”

Sweet Revenge

Visiting a concentration camp, faced with overwhelming evil, I was filled with a bolt of anger. What is our revenge?

Mournful

A bereaved mother’s perspective on the Three Weeks.

Fissures

I've lost my connection to the past, and no matter how much time passes, there is a crevice in my heart.

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Rabbi Elisha Ben Abuha became a non-believer as a result of two incidents.

Déjà-Vu

A Tisha B'Av wake-up call from Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis.

My Father's Last Words

Consolation in the darkest moments.

Death March, Tisha B'Av 1944

Facing defeat, the Nazis marched 6,000 Jews. A survivor's account.

Starbucks and Tisha B'Av

Taking the risk for greatness.

Rebuilding after Destruction

How one man reacted when his only son was murdered.

Holocaust Lamentations

With survivors in mind, the Book of Lamentations comes hauntingly alive.

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

Tisha B'Av teaches that through pain and sadness, we can truly know pleasure and joy.

The Heart-Rending Cry

How is it possible to mourn something that happened 2000 years ago?

The Fatal Crash: A True Story

Feeling a personal loss helps us understand the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Maintaining Memory

Do we really need a new Holocaust every few generations in order to remember? We already have a day: Tisha B'Av.

Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492

The Ninth of Av of the year 1492 was the date designated for all Jews of Spain to leave.

History Abuse

With the recent assault against the Jewish people and Jewish history, Tisha B'Av takes on a special poignancy this year.

Wrestling with Suffering

Jewish philosophical approaches to one of life's fundamental questions.

Empower Your Jewish Journey

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