Jewish Holidays

Shabbat Nachamu – “Getting Up”

July 30, 2015, by

There is an almost absolute absurdity with this coming Shabbat—Shabbat Nachamu. Last Saturday night we were sitting on the floor thinking about the sadness of Tisha Baav and mourning the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem and the tragedies that have unfolded during the past 2,000 years. Yet, this Shabbat there will be a completely […]

When Tisha b’Av is Observed on Sunday

July 24, 2015, by

1. When Tisha b’Av falls on Sunday or on Shabbos – Shabbos is for the most part a regular Shabbos. We eat regular meat Shabbos meals, and wear our regular Shabbos clothing. a. On Erev Shabbos one can shower, but it is best to use hot water only on one’s face, hands, and feet. i. […]

Throwing the Keys Up to Heaven: A Thought for Tisha B’Av

July 23, 2015, by

When offering words of comfort to a mourner we reference the destruction of the Temple. The traditional invocation expresses our wish that the mourner be comforted “among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.” It is generally understood that the two are connected because they both represent intense sadness and great loss. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik […]

Hilchos Tisha B’Av

August 4, 2014, by

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Tisha BeAv. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As […]