Tisha B'Av

Interestingly, the Ninth of Av (Tisha B'Av) and the Three Weeks preceding it is a popular topic among our guest bloggers:

What Are the Three Weeks, Anyway?

"Mourning does shape us. Recognizing what we have lost is an important way that we value what we have. And it is time that as community we stretch back farther than the Holocaust to realize just how persecution and loss has shaped our past and how survival and redemption constantly shape our present and future." —Erica Brown 

Testifying for the Holocaust
"None of these people seem to contemplate the possibility of survival.  They hungered to be remembered. May the history we write, read, and remember attest for them.  They have attested for themselves." —Deborah Lipstadt

Tisha B'Av and the Olympic Games
"What happens when the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, the Ninth of Av, which memorializes the destruction of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, coincides with you learning about the U.S. women’s victory at the 1996 Olympics, arguably the happiest gymnastics moment in my twenty-year relationship with the sport? Should I cry for the Temple? Or flip for the Magnificent Seven?" —Dvora Meyers 

Learning to Mourn
"When we talk about redeeming the future we have to create a picture of what that collective future might look like. As Jews, we do that by looking back at our past first." —Erica Brown

What Does Tisha B’ Av Hold for the Future of the Jewish People?
This year, Tisha B’Av arrives in mid-August. Tisha B’Av commemorates a number of tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people on this date, including the destruction of the First Temple in 423 BCE, the Second Temple in 69 CE, the crushing of the bar Kochba Rebellion at the final battle of Betar, and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. Tisha B’ Av is sometimes used to commemorate the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust as well. - David G. Daniel

An Empty Mental Space
"Jewish law is based generally on the assumption that our emotions follow our actions. If we act charitably, we will become, over time, more compassionate human beings. We don’t wait for a moment of empathy to hit before we obligate ourselves to give. Yet we are commanded when it comes to certain emotions: we are supposed to love God, supposed to refrain from hate towards others and feel reverence for our parents." —Erica Brown

AMIA: Three Weeks Reflection
"What is interesting about this time of year, the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av, is that it is also a time of commemoration" —Amalia Safran

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