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Tisha B’Av: The Pain of Distance

Tisha B’Av: The Pain of Distance

On the ninth day of Av, God teaches us just how painful it is when He isn’t there.

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Fasting: Uncovering Our Essence

Fasting: Uncovering Our Essence

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Fasting enables us to discover what is truly important to us.

ABCs of Tisha B'Av & the Three Weeks

ABCs of Tisha B'Av & the Three Weeks

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The Jewish national period of mourning.

Tisha B'Av - The Ninth of Av

Tisha B'Av - The Ninth of Av

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Overview and laws of the Jewish national day of mourning.

When God Moved Out

When God Moved Out

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Tisha B'Av and the truth of consequences.

Av: Disaster and Consolation

Av: Disaster and Consolation

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The same covenant that promises suffering, promises redemption.

Feeling the Loss

Feeling the Loss

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On the 9th of Av we can understand the source of the senseless hatred that caused the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and dedicate ourselves to "senseless love."

Connecting Through Fasting

Connecting Through Fasting

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How can being hungry help us create a spiritual connection?

17th of Tammuz

17th of Tammuz

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

The Three Weeks

The Three Weeks

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

Personal Mourning

Personal Mourning

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

Festival of Sadness

Festival of Sadness

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Longing for a better future.

The Roots of Destruction

The Roots of Destruction

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

Laws of Shoes and Chairs

Laws of Shoes and Chairs

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

Betar and Aelia Capitolina: Symbols of Jewish Suffering

Betar and Aelia Capitolina: Symbols of Jewish Suffering

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On Tisha b’Av we mourn not just a physical destruction and our broken spiritual connection, but also our psychological sufferings.

Overview: Book of Lamentations

Overview: Book of Lamentations

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Jeremiah describes the tragedy of the Temple's destruction. The lessons are true still today.

The Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

The Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

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The Wall did not always look like it does today.

Destruction on the Tenth of Av

Destruction on the Tenth of Av

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

When Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday

When Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat or Sunday

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Special laws that apply when the Tisha B'Av observance begins on Saturday night.

Daddy, Don't Leave Us

Daddy, Don't Leave Us

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

The Month of Av: Disaster and Consolation_

The Month of Av: Disaster and Consolation_

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The same covenant that promises suffering, promises redemption.

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