Category Archives: The Three Weeks

Thoughts on Tisha B’Av from Esther Ticktin

Thanks to Esther for allowing me to post these thoughts of hers from an undated essay, and to Melissa Kahn for finding them and sending them to me.   With this posting I end my time as blogger on the borrowed … Continue reading

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A Contribution from Amy Brookman on Walking in Jerusalem

The came originally as a comment and is reprinted below. Prose from Poetry Magazine Jerusalem Revealing what had been concealed. by Peter Cole Walking is a way of remaining in place, or in a place, of leaving oneself to return … Continue reading

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Some more essays and commentaries on Tisha B’Av, collected by Mark Berch

Rabbi Marc D. Angel argues for keeping the observance of Tish B’Av, but argues “sinat hinam” does “not mean baseless hatred”.http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/tisha-b-av-moving-beyond-tears.premium-1.453773 The best-known answer given for the destruction of Jerusalem has been “baseless hatred.” But REUVEN HAMMER says, “this is a … Continue reading

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Reflections on Tisha B’Av from PJ Schwartz from the Blog part of RJ.org

Tisha B’Av: Reflections from a Reform Jew from RJ.org  July 12 2013 By P.J. Schwartz The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av has come to symbolize a day of tragedy for the Jewish people. Tradition tells us that … Continue reading

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Another poem on a theme of Tisha B’Av

I love the poem by Shane Book called “The One” on the famine in Africa some years ago.  He has a book called “Ceiling of Sticks” with similar themes from around the world.  I cannot post his poem without his … Continue reading

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Shlomo Riskin on why we must mourn forever on Tisha B’Av

SHLOMO RISKIN What precisely is it that we are mourning when we weep over the destruction of the Temple?http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Judaism/Parashat-Devarim-Some-wounds-must-never-heal The bleakest fast of the Hebrew calendar is on the ninth of Av, Tisha Be’av, commemorating the destruction of both Temples … Continue reading

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Arthur Waskow contributes a new way to chant Eicha (the book of Lamentations)

New ways of chanting  a new EichaRabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center Tisha B’Av approaches, and we prepare to read Eicha. Can we do it in a new way, giving new form to an ancient wisdom? You will see below … Continue reading

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Another Israeli argument against Tisha B’Av

It is wrong to fast on Tisha B’AvTisha B’Av, a day of fasting and mourning marking the destruction of both temples and the exile of the Jews, has lost any relevance beyond the historical.By Anshel Pfeffer |Anshel Pfeffer is a … Continue reading

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On the Theme of War and Destruction: A Poem contributed by Barbara Bowen

One of the themes of Tisha B’Av and the Book of Lamentations is the theme of the destruction wrought by War.  The small nation of Israel is overrun by larger nations – the Assyrians, Persians and Romans.  Today, to some … Continue reading

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Two Themes of the Three Weeks – a personal story by Bob Rovinsky

While the 17th of Tammuz marks the breach of the walls of Jerusalem it also marks the day the original two tablets were broken by Moses.  From this date to the 9th of Av we count Three Weeks, a period … Continue reading

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