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Tishah B'Av

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
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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
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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
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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

Tu B’Av, as a holiday of joy and lovemaking, represents the ultimate rise from mourning and embrace of life and its bounty, with gratitude for our own capacity for love itself.

Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis

As the only Jewish holiday occurring during the summer, the primary place in the North American Reform community where we find Tishah B’Av observed – for the most part – is in our summer camps. Nonetheless, Tishah B’Av can provide an opportunity for all Jews to reflect on serious questions concerning the meaning of the Jewish experience and our relationship with God.

Rabbi Steven Bob


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