OU WEBCASTS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR THE THREE WEEKS, NINE DAYS AND TISHA B'AV
As Tisha b'Av approaches, Rabbis of Orthodox Union congregations across America are webcasting their insights into the Three Weeks, Nine Days and Tisha b'Av itself in daily Take 5 for Torah and Kinot shiur educational programs.
The Three Weeks (Bein Hametzarim), between the fasts of 17th of Tammuz (July 13) and the 9th of Av (August 3), is the saddest period in the Jewish year, when we mourn many tragedies in Jewish history. The fasts recall the stages of the destruction of Jerusalem and of the first and second sacred Temples.
The Take 5 for Torah offers a five minute message related to the subject of the Three Weeks, whereas the daily Kinot shiur presents a five to ten minute explanation of a different Kinah, the elegies recited as part of the Tisha b'Av service. Both features may be accessed on www.ouradio.org.
During this time, these programs offer meaning to the pain. According to Rabbi Robert Shur, Program Coordinator in the OU’s Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services, "One of the strongest responses of the Orthodox Jewish community is through tefillah (prayer) and Torah. We hope the increase of both of these will have an effect on the drastic situation in Israel."
The following is Take 5 for Torah schedule (subject to change):
July 18 Rabbi Jonathan Rosenberg of Ahavas Shalom Congregation in Columbus, OH
July 19 Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein of Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, N.S.
July 20 Rabbi Nosson Schuman of Children of Israel Congregation in Youngstown, OH
July 21 Rabbi Evan Shore of Young Israel of Syracuse in Dewitt , NY
July 24 Rabbi Edward Davis of Young Israel of Hollywood - Ft. Lauderdale in Fort Lauderdale, FL
July 25 Rabbi Jonathan Rosenberg of Ahavas Shalom Congregation in Columbus, OH
July 26 Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein of Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, N.S.
July 27 Rabbi Meir Rosenberg of Ohav Zedek Congregation in Wilkes Barre, PA
July 28 Rabbi David Fine of Congregation Beth Israel Abraham and Voliner (BIAV) in Overland Park, KS
July 31 Rabbi Barry Gelman of United Orthodox Synagogue in Houston, TX
August 1 Rabbi Michael Azose of Sephardic Congregation in Evanston, IL
August 2 Rabbi Shlomo Levin of Lake Park Synagogue in Milwaukee, WI
The following speakers were featured previously in the Take 5 for Torah daily programming:
July 13 Rabbi Shaul Robinson of Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York, NY
July 14 Rabbi Moshe Bomzer of Beth Abraham & Jacob Congregation in Albany, NY
July 17 Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg of Congregation Etz Chayim of Kew Garden Hills in Kew Garden Hills, NY
For further information and to listen to the programs access the website www.ouradio.org.