Rachel's Tears: Exploring the Meaning of Tisha B'Av

What is the point of feeling sad on Tisha B'Av?

What’s the point of feeling sad on Tisha B’Av? Is the goal just to wallow in the past and mourn over things we can’t change? Or is there more to it than that? What if mourning can actually be a redemptive and even a transformative experience?

In this inspiring video by Aleph Beta, Rabbi David Fohrman offers a novel answer to this question based on Rachel Imenu, and why when she weeped for her children, God listened. Watch to discover what Rachel’s story can teach us about using suffering as a catalyst for growth, on Tisha B’Av and every day of the year.

Comments (4)

(4) Polly Kennedy, October 15, 2021 6:45 AM

This is a beautiful blessing,thank you
This is a beautiful blessing ,Thank you.

(3) Dennis D. Karpf, July 18, 2021 4:25 PM

Poignantly inspiring and profound.


(2) Bruce Blumenthal, July 30, 2020 3:00 PM


This is the most interesting and comprehensive analysis and I long for more. Kudos to R Fohrman and aleph beta.

(1) frederic, July 30, 2020 2:42 PM


Thanks a lot for this wonderful work. Beautifully made, intellectually satisfying and yet profoundly emotional


Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment

Receive Weekly Calendar and Holidays Emails

Sign up to our Calendar and Holidays Newsletter.

Our privacy policy