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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
This course examines the Biblical character Rachel through the eyes of Jeremiah in order to better understand relationships, empathy, the power of action, and effective mourning. See more at alephbeta.org
Jeremiah’s journey: ruin, resilience, and redemption How can we relate to aveilut yeshana, by realizing that all Jewish woe is interconnected. When Jeremiah expresses his pain, he is expressing our pain, even better than we can.
The Poetry of the Pain: An Analysis of the Kinot. An analysis and exploration in themes of Eliezer Hakalir, one of the earliest and most prolific liturgical poets in Jewish history.