Why do we fast on Tisha B’av? The primary answer, of course, is to remember the destruction of the Bet HaMikdash and Yerushalayim. Yet, according to the Navi Zechariah, not only Tisha B’av, but all four of the fast days (in which we remember Yerushalayim) will one day take on an added dimension. In the […]
Recorded live at the OU Israel Center, August 2nd, 2017 Why do we change the mood halfway through Tisha B’Av to a more optimistic one? What can’t even have 1 day on our calendar that focuses entirely on sadness?
The word moed means a meeting, a time when we meet Hashem. How then is Tisha B’Av a moed? How is Tu B’Av a holiday on par with Yom Kippur? The Good Vort (Recorded 8/31/05)
Unlike the crusades, one of the most tragic events in Jewish History, the Spanish inquisition and the subsequent expulsion is absent from Kinot. Why? Shiur provided courtesy of Torah Anytime
There are many possibilities as to what is the basis of our theology, our world outlook. According to Rabbeinu Bachya the basis is hakarat hatov. A lack of this trait is the beginning of our downfall.
The path out of galut, out of darkness into light. Why are we still in a state of “mipnei chataeinu galinu me’artzeinu” (because of our sins we in exile)? Tisha B’Av has to do with our sins which cause our exile.
The existence of the Beit HaMikdash is considered the natural order, nature in balance. What caused it and how do we restore the natural order?
The Gemara says that any generation in which the Beit HaMikdash isn’t rebuilt, it’s as if it was destroyed in that generation teaches that it’s natural to have a beit hamikdash on Earth. If there isn’t one, that means that we are actively preventing it from being here.
Click here to watch with closed captions. The Churban happened close to 2000 years ago but the loss continues until today. How do we learn from the churban, how do we move ahead and grow?