The Heart-Rending Cry

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


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

The Price of Disunity

Insights into the destruction of the Second Temple.

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.

Star Trek and the Three Weeks

Losing our "mother ship," we are all vulnerable.

Mending the Bonds

Prayer is a powerful tool to repair our relationship with God and man.

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.

Personal Mourning

After the sudden loss of my father, Tisha B'Av took on new meaning.

Her Name was Patience

She was unusual and the kids knew it. The time has come to ask her forgiveness.

Return to the Palace

A love story of a People and their Land.

Wrestling with Suffering

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

Destruction on the Tenth of Av

After Tisha B'Av, the burning of the Temple continued for another day. Its effects continue to be felt throughout Jewish history.

The Roots of Destruction

The tragedy of Tisha B'av has its roots literally in the oldest mistake in the book.

Laws of Shoes and Chairs

Tisha B'Av is a day of mourning, and minimizing physical pleasure.

Connecting Through Fasting

How can being hungry help us create a spiritual connection?

Stones of Wisdom

The Holy Temple's ancient stones - a pathway to wisdom - now lay in ruins.

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.

The Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

The Wall did not always look like it does today.

Tears on Tisha BAv

Do we appreciate the loss of the Temple to the extent that it brings us to tears?

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.

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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

The Lost Art of Prophecy

Prophecy ceased with the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE.

Animal Offerings in Temple Times

Understanding the phenomenon in the 21st century.

Atonement Today Through Prayer and Teshuva

If there is no Temple, how do we achieve atonement?

God's Pain Over the Destroyed Temple

Allegorical sources, not be taken literally.

The Temple: Do We Feel The Loss?

Is our world the way we really want it to be?

Eye of the Universe

Appreciating the significance of Jerusalem's Holy Temple.

Jewish Unity and the Key to Redemption

The Jewish People are handicapped if even one Jew has fallen away from our people.

Rachel - The Story of the Redemption

"I will return the children of Israel to their homeland once again."

Kamtza and Bar Kamtza

The story that destroyed the Holy Temple.

From Ruins to_Hope

The renewal of the Jewish Nation in our time offers an unprecedented chance for unity.

The Sin of the Spies

The deeper connection between the wandering in the desert and the destruction of the Holy Temple.

Tisha B'Av Message

The dean and founder of Aish HaTorah speaks from Jerusalem.

The Three Weeks

Overview and laws of the period leading up to Tisha B'Av.

History Abuse

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

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

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

Stranger on the Hospital Stairs

As the Jewish nation defends its very existence, grief and pain surround us. It all stems from one source.

Forgetting My Right Hand

How can we forget Jerusalem, a concept inextricably attached to who we are as Jews?

Tisha B'Av: Waking Up to a World without God's Presence

How to bring God's palpable presence back into our world.

Making Tisha B'Av Count

It's not just fasting and praying.

Building Your Own Temple

My 11-year-old daughter came a lot closer than most of us ever will to really understanding the true meaning of Tisha B'Av.

A Home for the Soul

The Temple Mount arouses Jewish passions like no other issue. Here's why.

Warsaw Ghetto Furniture

How can we yearn to return to a place that we don't remember?

Daddy, Don't Leave Us

When was the last time we begged our Father to bring us back home?

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