We cried out to the Eternal from the harsh sting of Pharaoh’s whip. We wept by the waters of Babylon, bereft that our glorious Temple had been destroyed and we were driven to exile. We were lost and vulnerable when we were cast out to the four corners of the globe when the Romans destroyed […]
The Chapter appears to be divided into three parts, all of which are related in one way or another to the human faculty of speech: Passuk 1, P’sukim 2-4, and P’sukim 5-7. In the first part, David is expressing the awesome power of “Tefila,” Prayer, and also the fact that it is possible for some […]
Tisha B’Av – The “ninth day” in the Jewish month of Av, which starts at sundown on the eighth day and concludes at sundown on the ninth day of Av. This is the day when the intensity of the entire three week mourning period reaches its peak (keep reading below for details and use our […]
All growth comes through discomfort. Sometimes we find ourselves troubled by a nagging, nameless concern that feels like a pebble in our shoe. It doesn’t cause great harm but irritates with each step until finally we must stop to remove it. Discomfort alerts us to the fact that something is wrong. When we face situations […]
In Tisha B’Av Kinah 25 we mourn the loss of the Jews of the Rhineland, the center of Judaism, including Speyer, Worms, & Mainz in the First Crusade. OU Tisha B’Av 5771 Video Shiur presented by Rabbi Steven Weil.
In the first Haftarah of the 3 weeks preceding Tisha B’Av Jeremiah is called upon to warn the people that the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash is coming. Haftorahman brings you a shiur on this Shabbat’s Haftarah from the Book of Prophets, explaining it in a dynamic and exciting way, making learning the Haftorah a […]
The three weeks between the seventeenth of Tammuz and Tish’a b’Av, between the anniversary of the breach of the wall of Yerushalayim and the anniversary of the destruction of the Mikdash, are a period of mourning. But this time is also considered a period of special danger: “Caution is needed from the 17th of Tammuz […]