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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 […]

Tisha B’av 5775: Rabbi Weil

July 24, 2015, by

Tisha B’Av is not just about the destruction of the beit hamikdash. It is also about the tragedies that have occurred throughout Jewish History. These tragedies described in the kinot are still relevant today. Delivered at the Boca Raton Synagogue, Tisha B’Av 5775 (2015)

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 […]

Halacha L’Maaseh on The Three Weeks and Tish’a B’Av

July 13, 2015, by

Three Weeks: Three Stages of Mourning Before Tish’a b’Av we are in a type of mourning so the laws are similar to mourning for a parent. There are three stages: The “Three Weeks”: The least severe stage starts three weeks preceding the Ninth of Av The “Nine Days”: The next-most severe stage begins on Rosh […]

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