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Tishah B'Av

Pegs in a wooden board connected by white thread

In the year since the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, I’ve been thinking about the antisemitic thread that runs through the tragedy.

Rabbi Seth L. Bernstein
Collage of photos of the author at the Tel Aviv Pride Parade

As a queer rabbinical student, I felt that recent comments by an Orthodox rabbi were inaccurate at best and, at worst, possible incitement to hatred or violence against LGBTQ+ Jews.

Dara Lithwick
Man in black shirt pointing at smiling emoji, not at the sad or middle-of-the-road emojis.

Several times during the year, the Jewish calendar places joyous and challenging holidays near each other. What lessons we take from this juxtaposition?

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
Closeup of Jerusalem stone as at the Western Wall

Last week was a bad week for Israel and the Jews, a week in which the worst instincts of our brethren were enabled and acted upon

Alden Solovy
Small brown bird standing on grey stone

I have a story to tell you. It’s about a tiny bird. But I’ll come back to that.

Rabbi Billy Dreskin
Woman's hand on the Western Wall next to notes in a crevice

The Jewish holiday of Tishah B’Av is the date on which both the First and Second Temples were destroyed, and a date to reflect on what it means to live in exile.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Young person praying intently at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

If you use a Jewish calendar, you may have noticed this notation on June 30: “Tzom Tammuz,” the Fast of Tammuz. Read on to learn about the fast and what it signifies.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
Hands holding a small and fragile globe against a white background

As a Reform Jew, I never felt called to fast on Tishah B’Av - until this year. Here's what changed my mind.

Rabbi Ilana Schachter
Closeup of a droplet hitting a surface of water and splashing up while reflecting down

Rosh HaShanah, the new Jewish year arrives in two months... and they’re two months that will pass quickly. It is time to get ready.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

If on Yom Kippur we rehearse our own death, then on Tishah B’Av (observed last month), we begin the annual process of preparing for death. The seven-week period from Tishah B’Av to Rosh HaShanah provides an opportunity to cultivate our souls, to reestablish our relationship with God, and to reconcile with ourselves and others. We transform the potentially passive experience of judgment into an active process of self-awareness, acceptance, engagement, and transformation.

Evan Mallah

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