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Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

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

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Making Tisha B’Av Relevant

Making Tisha B’Av Relevant

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How do we mourn what we do not know?

By The Tunnels of Shuja’iya, There We Sat and Wept

By The Tunnels of Shuja’iya, There We Sat and Wept

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Then and now, I am a Jew and I mourn.

A Land Devoid of Peace

A Land Devoid of Peace

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

The Heart-Rending Cry

The Heart-Rending Cry

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

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

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

A Different Sorrow

A Different Sorrow

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Mourning for the wholesome world I once grew up in.

Mournful

Mournful

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A bereaved mother’s perspective on the Three Weeks.

The Funeral Director

The Funeral Director

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When the unbearable becomes the norm.

Filling the Crevices of the Wall

Filling the Crevices of the Wall

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

Death March, Tisha B'Av 1944

Death March, Tisha B'Av 1944

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

The Homeless Jew

The Homeless Jew

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

If Only

If Only

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

The Strength to Constrict

The Strength to Constrict

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Understanding the power of the Tisha B’Av fast.

Holocaust Lamentations

Holocaust Lamentations

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

Expectant World

Expectant World

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Our most significant achievements are formed somewhere deeply hidden.

Why the Jews – Part 1

Why the Jews – Part 1

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Understanding the root of the world's longest hatred.

Déjà-Vu

Déjà-Vu

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

Wrestling with Suffering

Wrestling with Suffering

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

Fissures

Fissures

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

Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge

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

My Father's Last Words

My Father's Last Words

by Yaakov Pullman

Consolation in the darkest moments.

Starbucks and Tisha B'Av

Starbucks and Tisha B'Av

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Taking the risk for greatness.

Rebuilding after Destruction

Rebuilding after Destruction

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How one man reacted when his only son was murdered.

The Fatal Crash: A True Story

The Fatal Crash: A True Story

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

Maintaining Memory

Maintaining Memory

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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

Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492

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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?

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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

History Abuse

History Abuse

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

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

Celebrating Jewish Sadness

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

The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles

The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles