Connecting Through Fasting

How can being hungry help us create a spiritual connection?

Tisha B'Av - The Ninth of Av

Overview and laws of the Jewish national day of mourning.

Fasting: Uncovering Our Essence

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

The Broken Tablets

Exploring the contemporary meaning of the first tragedy that occurred on the 17th of Tammuz, the breaking of the tablets at Mt Sinai.

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.

When God Moved Out

Tisha B'Av and the truth of consequences.

Av: Disaster and Consolation

The same covenant that promises suffering, promises redemption.

Feeling the Loss

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."

17th of Tammuz

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

The Three Weeks

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

Personal Mourning

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

Festival of Sadness

Longing for a better future.

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.

Betar and Aelia Capitolina: Symbols of Jewish Suffering

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

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

The Western Wall: Yesterday and Today

The Wall did not always look like it does today.

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.

Daddy, Don't Leave Us

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

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