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Tisha B’Av: Turning Mourning into Action

Our job is to make sure we can answer the call of ayeka, where are you? Are you taking responsibility?

Tisha B’Av, a Day that Lives in Infamy

Although Tisha B’Av marks the day in which both Jewish Temples were destroyed, the Jewish People endured many tragic events on this specific day throughout history. Despite this, we endure and are the Eternal People

Tish’a B’Av – The Ninth of Av: Who Needs the Temple?

The Temple is a means to something that no physical object can contain. On Tish'a B'Av, we do not mourn the loss of the Temple but rather the loss of its message, which we no longer seem to grasp.
The Temple as seen in the Holyland Model of Jerusalem, a 21,520 sq. ft., 1:50 scale-model of the city of Jerusalem in the late Second Temple Period.

Mourning the Loss of Mourning

What is the connection between feeling more connected to God and having the Temple? And why does that require sacrifices?

The Most Calamitous Jewish Day of the Year

The 9th Day of Av Guide for the Perplexed

Tisha B’Av – The Ninth of Av

Overview and laws of the Jewish national day of mourning.

Why Do We Sing The Haftarah?

The author of the zemer is telling us that although we yearn for the Beis HaMikdash and know that the ultimate redemption is not yet at hand, there is one thing which can give us strength and comfort: Shabbos.

Q & A: The Hereafter – Olam Haba (Part X)

Question: How do we know that there is an olam haba – a world to come? L. Papirmeister

The Aveilus Of Tisha B’Av

Those who instituted our minhag believed that the main focus of the aveilus and the tefillah of Nachem is on the destruction of Yerushalayim and the Beis HaMikdash.

Soul To Soul

During this period of time, Shai often drove to Lubavitch Headquarters in London to hear the Rebbe’s sichot. He was hooked.

Daf Yomi

In The Privy 'Rav Quotes Elazar ben Rabbi Shimon' (Zevachim 102b)

What Can The Ari Teach The Average Jew?

The Ari HaKadosh – Rabbi Yitzchak ben Shlomo Luria (1534-1572) – passed away 446 years ago this week. Here is a simple teaching from him.

Do We Invite Hashem?

Shechinta b’galusa." The term is usually translated as "the Divine presence in captivity” – but what does that actually mean?

The Effective Critic

The great leaders of Israel were the great defenders of Israel, people who saw the good within the not-yet-good. That is why they were listened to when they urged people to change and grow. THat is how it was in the time of Moses; that is how it remains today

Are We Repeating The Sin Of The Spies?

Let us use these Nine Days for self-reflection about the issue that first led to our crying during these days. And let us consider what Shlomo Mula was willing to do to make it to Israel, crossing a desert by foot.

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Dvarim: The Judge Behind the Judge

The fifth and final book of the Torah, Dvarim, is filled with history, laws, articles of faith, as well as a vision for the future. Moses describes, among a plethora of items, the creation and comportment of a judiciary.

The Hard Life of Moshe Rabbenu

Most of Devarim consists of Moshe’s final speech to the people. Rashi and Ramban fascinatingly read Moshe as implying he faced MORE difficulties in leading them even than those we know from the text

Serious Business

When one vows to do something, or to refrain from doing something, the Torah views that pledge with tremendous seriousness. Violating one’s word is referred to as a “desecration of one’s word.”

TORAH SHORTS: Parshat Matot-Masai: Your Money or your Family

The tribes of Ruben and Gad by being more concerned with their animals than with their own families, doomed themselves, eventually being left with neither. Indeed, the tribes to the east of the Jordan would be the first to be exiled and, seemingly, lost to Jewish history.

The Rubashkin Saga – XV

Another installment in the ongoing Rubashkin saga

Daf Yomi

A Saline Solution 'Its Soaking Is Its Laundering' (Zevachim 94b)

Q & A: The Hereafter – Olam Haba (Part IX)

Question: How do we know that there is an olam haba – a world to come? L. Papirmeister

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