Tisha b’Av

Tisha b’Av 5773

July 16, 2013
Tisha b’Av 5773

Planning a family vacation that over Tisha b’Av is perhaps not the most felicitous planning. But various other commitments led to this being the only real option, and so it is for the first time since 2007 I find myself marking the most somber day on the Jewish calendar – the day when we...
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A prayer for Tisha b’Av

July 26, 2012
A prayer for Tisha b’Av

I can’t say the traditional prayers on Tisha b’Av. How can I say prayers that talk of “the city laid waste, despised and desolate. In mourning for she is childless, her dwellings laid waste, despised in the downfall of her glory and desolate through the loss of her inhabitants….”? I live in Jerusalem, the...
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Tisha b’Av 5771 — Still Fasting

August 8, 2011
Tisha b’Av 5771 — Still Fasting

Once again, the fast of the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av is upon us. Once again, we’re fasting not feasting: the Messiah has not yet come. The world we are in is still broken.  Israel still faces many challenges, from within and without. We are now in what many call the...
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Tisha b’Av 5770

July 19, 2010
Tisha b’Av 5770

Below you will find a "recycled" post, something I wrote about Tisha b'Av a few years ago.  I think many people can use the reminder of what this holiday is about–as well as some thoughts appropo to the holiday this year. I am already in the depressed mood of the day.  As you can...
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Tisha b’Av 5769

July 29, 2009
Tisha b’Av 5769

This year is my third Tisha b'Av since becoming an Israeli.  The Messiah still hasn't come; we're still fasting, not feasting. Two years ago I wrote about experiencing Tisha b'Av here, and the disconnect I felt mourning for the destruction of Jerusalem while sitting in the middle of a lively, vibrant Jerusalem.  You can...
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