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Jewish Holidays

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 […]

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.

The Themes of the Tisha B’Av Kinot

July 20, 2005, by

In this shiur Rabbi Feivel Wagner discusses the 3 types of Kinot we recite on Tisha B’Av: 1) mourning; 2) focus on the former glory & contrasting it with what is; 3) accepting responsibility for what occurred.  

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