Tisha B'av

Consolation prize

Chazal note that the first day of Pesach and Tisha B’Av always fall on the same day of the week in any given year. The Jewish calendar is teaching us that redemption (Pesach) and tragedy (Tisha B’Av) are interlinked - HaShem does not make us suffer for no reason.


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Tisha B'av: In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder
In the Megillah of Eichah (1:12), read on Tisha B'Av, we find the following statement: "Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? Behold, and see if there is any pain like my pain, which was brought upon me, with which Hashem…

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Building ourselves

In considering the possibility of those who wish to build a Third Temple on har haBayis today, Rav Berkowitz shlit"a poses a powerful question: Are we ready to eat from the korban Pesach? He explains that in the time when the Beis Hamikdosh stood everyone would keep hilchos taharos even…

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Black and white of Tisha B'av and Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur & Tisha B'Av may share the distinction of being the only night-and-day fasts of the year, but they are as different as.. well, Day & Night. In fact, Yom Kippur is known as the White Fast, while Tisha B'Av is called the Black Fast. Though we refrain from…

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we can honestly hope for a day of rebuilding.

"A nation that mourns for its temple for more than 1700 years deserves to see it rebuilt." (Napoleon to the Jews of France after inquiring about their practice of mourning on the 9th of Av)
The 9th of the Hebrew month Av will soon observed. It is a fast…

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