Reflections on Tisha B’Av

Sundown on August 10 marked the beginning of Tisha B'Av, the saddest day in Israel's history. Imagine all these things happening on the same Jewish calendar day (ninth of the month of Av): The decree that Israelites would wander in the desert for 40 years after leaving Egypt, until a new generation would enter the …

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Understanding Tisha B’Av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar will commence tonight at sundown and extend through sundown tomorrow.  Jews around the world will commemorate Tisha B'av (the ninth of the Hebrew month, Av) by fasting and refraining from any sort of pleasure or enjoyment. But what exactly are they commemorating?  The destruction of both the first …

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Amir Tsarfati Live: The Next Temple

Following our look at Tisha B'Av this morning, I want to tell you about a very timely opportunity. Amir Tsarfati will teach live from Perth Australia at 10:00pm (Perth time) on Sunday.  His teaching, The Next Temple, will correspond with Tisha B'Av, which commemorates (among other things) the destruction of the first two temples. Information …

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Archeologists uncover new evidence of Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem

Interesting report on findings from the First Temple era, as Jews commemorate Tisha B'Av...mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples.