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Jewish Holidays

Joy During the Nine Days

June 22, 2010, by

The Mishnah (Ta’anit 25b) says that once the month of Av begins, during the Nine Days, we have to reduce our joy. The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 551:2) rules according to the Rishonim who interpret this rule as meaning that we may not engage in business, build items that bring us pleasure or make preparations […]

Showering During the Nine Days

June 17, 2010, by

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 551:16) records a custom practiced by Ashkenazim of not bathing or showering during the Nine Days, from Rosh Chodesh of the month of Av until the end of the Tisha B’Av mourning. Rav Moshe Soloveichik explained the custom as follows: When someone’s relative dies, there are three periods of mourning […]

Getting Married on Shivah Asar BeTammuz

June 9, 2010, by

Fast days, with the exception of Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av, begin in the morning. Does that mean we can enjoy ourselves the night before? In particular, the Three Weeks, with the custom in memory of the destruction of the Temple of refraining from having parties, begin on Shivah Asar B’Tammuz. If the fast of […]

Tisha B’av Kinot 5760

June 8, 2010, by

Rabbi Weinreb’s Kinot on Tisha B’Av 5760 (2000).  The cycle of Jewish History begins with the covenant (brit bein habetarim) God made with Avraham. A central concept in Judaism is covenant. But why is a covenant necessary?

Tisha B’av Kinot 5758

June 7, 2010, by

Privileged to Grieve – Empowered to Grow – Intensify, deepen and enhance your understanding of the fast day with this two-hour Tisha B’Av video featuring Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb taped live in 5758/1998 at Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD.

Devarim: Serenity and Desire

July 22, 2009, by

Tisha B’av and Devarim (the parsha) make appropriate bedfellows. Chazal find in Moshe’s eicha complaint echoes of Yirmiyahu and future lamentations. Thus the prevalent minhag of chanting that verse in the sad eicha tune. Devarim, Moshe’s retrospective is all about what could have been and what went wrong. Finally, it is a parsha that sows […]

Mishnas Chayim – The Three Weeks: What Are We Missing?

July 21, 2009, by

In keeping with the atmosphere of aveilus (mourning) for the Beis Hamikdash, Jews the world over meticulously observe the various restrictions that are in effect at this time. In fact, as the Bach points out (Orach Chaim 551), many of the practices adopted and adhered to over the centuries go well beyond the letter of […]

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