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Jewish Holidays

The 3 Weeks and Sacrifices: Part II

July 21, 2009, by

For part 1 click here. In the absence of the Beit HaMikdash, prayer replaces the sacrifices. Shabbos serves the same purpose, to bring us closer to God. Rabbi Moishe Lichtenstein’s new installment of Water-Cooler Questions. To send in a question of your own please email watercooler@ou.org.

The 3 Weeks and Sacrifices: Part I

July 7, 2009, by

Rabbi Moishe Lichtenstein’s new installment of Water-Cooler Questions. To send in a question of your own please email watercooler@ou.org. Sacrifices were brought to form a relationship with God, not just to seek atonement for a sin; When we become closer to God we won’t sin in the first place. For part 2 click here.

A Nation’s Loss: National Mourning in the Jewish Tradition

July 7, 2009, by

NATIONAL MOURNING IN THE JEWISH TRADITION The news of a loved one’s death utterly transforms us and our perception of the world. A young man, returning to his studies after being called home following the death of his father said, “The buildings were all in their familiar places, but it was a wholly different place… […]

Thoughts on Tisha B’Av: The Jewish Approach to Mourning

August 2, 2006, by

Thoughts on Tisha B’Av – Rabbi Moshe Zywica – Recorded as part of the OU LIVE Shiurim Webcasts for 9 Days Learn-a-thon on Monday, July 31, 2006. The Jewish approach to mourning is to bring a person to an emotional response, an intellectual understanding that we need to hasten the redemption.

History and Laws of the Fast of Shiva Asar BeTammuz

June 26, 2006, by

The 17th day in the Jewish month of Tammuz, Jews the world over fast and lament to commemorate the many calamities that have befallen our people on this ominous day. The purpose of such fasts in the Jewish calendar is, according to Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov’s Book of Our Heritage, “to awaken hearts towards repentance through […]

Aneinu & The Essence of a Fast Day

July 21, 2005, by

Why do we say Aneinu on both a public fast day such as Tisha B’Av and on a private fast day such as for a dream or a yahrtzeit? Aren’t their purposes different? A Shiur on Tisha B’Av presented by Rabbi Michael Taubes.

Recognizing the Mourning Light

July 21, 2005, by

There are 2 different  and distinct concepts: zecher l’mikdash (remembering the Bet HaMikdash) and zecher l’churban (remembering the destruction). Zecher L’Mikdash isn’t about mourning; it’s about focusing on the glory that was and that will be. A Shiur on The Three Weeks presented by Rabbi Larry Rothwachs.

The Churban and Its Aftermath

July 20, 2005, by

A Shiur on The Three Weeks presented by Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt. Why is the current exile so long – the generation that brought it about is long gone? What have the Jews since then done to warrant the churban’s continuation?

Kinot and Shirat Ha’azinu

July 20, 2005, by

Kinot show how we have suffered at the hands of the nations. But we must remember that it was God who allowed the churban to occur. This is the theme of Shirat Ha’azinu.

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