Miscellaneous

May 30, 2013

Tisha B’Av is observed with mourning and contemplation “Tisha B’Av is an appointed day when you relate to Hashem by discovering how far you are from him,” said Rabbi Aaron Kahn, a director of the Advanced Institute of Talmudic Studies at New York City’s Yeshiva University. “Relating to Him gives us the opportunity to CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Throughout Jewish history, an array of tragic events fell on the ninth day of the Hebrew calendar month of Av. 1312 B.C.E.: According to Jewish tradition, 10 of the 12 spies returned from Israel with malicious reports about the land and its inhabitants, and the Israelites fell into despairCONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Traditionally, Tisha B’Av, the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, is observed in several ways: At the end of the afternoon prior to Tisha B’Av, one eats the Se’udah Hamafsekes, a meal of bread, water and a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes. Beginning at sundown, one must refrain from consuming food and drink until the following CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Toby Brookes is decidedly undecided about Tisha B’Av. The product of modern Orthodox day schools and summer camps, Mrs. Brookes has vivid childhood recollections of this traditional mourning day. As a girl at summer camp, she fasted. She read from Eicha, the graphic and terrifying Book of Lamentations, and even joined other campers in re-enacting CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

The following are nine things you should know about Tisha B’Av, the final holiday of the Jewish year: 1. Tisha B’Av means “ninth in Av.” 2. The holiday begins at sunset on Wednesday, July 17, and ends the following evening. 3. The day marks a number of tragedies in Jewish history CONTINUE »