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The Story of Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza

July 18, 2011, by

“Rabbi Yochanan said, ‘What is the meaning of the verse in The Book of “Mishlei” (Proverbs 28) which reads, ‘Fortunate is the one who is always fearful, but the one who is hard of heart will suffer misfortune?’ It was because of ‘Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza’ that Yerushalayim was destroyed …” “For there was a certain […]

The Story of the “Churban,” The Destruction

July 18, 2011, by

On Tisha B’Av, unlike any other occasion, except for the “Shiva,” the seven-day period of mourning for a loved one, there exists a prohibition to study the Torah. This is because the study of Torah is considered a delight and a source of joy, as King David says in Tehilim, “The Laws of Hashem are […]

Digest of Tisha B’Av Laws

July 18, 2011, by

HALAKHA GUIDE / הלכות (According to the Ashkenazic practice) Notes in [brackets] based upon contributions from Rabbi Ari Kahn, whom we thank for his valuable input! Abbreviations A.H. = Arukh HaShulĥan B.H. = Biur Halakha E.Y. = Even Yisrael (Fischer) K.H. = Kaf HaĤayim K.S.A. = Kitzur Shulĥan Arukh M.B. = Mishna Berura M.H. = […]

About the Three Weeks: A Chronology of Destruction

July 18, 2011, by

The following is a list of the major events leading up to the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. First Temple: 3316 Yehoyakim ben Yoshiahu becomes King of Judea (II Kings 23:36) 3320 Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon conquers Judea. He removes part of the Temple’s holy vessels and children of the royal […]

The 17th of Tammuz

July 18, 2011, by

The 17th day in the Jewish month of Tammuz, Jews the world over fast and lament to commemorate the many calamities that have befallen our people on this ominous day. The purpose of such fasts in the Jewish calendar is, according to Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov’s Book of Our Heritage, “to awaken hearts towards repentance through […]

Spiritual Growth for Women During The Three Weeks

July 14, 2011, by

One of Israel’s most influential woman speakers, Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi of Jerusalem, spoke at the Seymour J. Abrams Orthodox Union Jerusalem World Center to a standing-room only crowd of women on “Spiritual Growth for Women During The Three Weeks.” The presentation, part of the new women’s initiative held at the OU Israel Center, L’Ayla, was […]

A Rewarding World

July 28, 2010, by

Our parsha commences with a reward and punishment classic; first, the reward: In the future, as a consequence of your heeding these laws, and your guarding and fulfilling them; Ad-noy, your G-d, will guard for you the covenant and the kindliness that He swore to your forefathers. He will love you, and bless you, and […]