Miscellaneous

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 »

May 30, 2013

Tisha B’Av marks the culmination of a three-week mourning period that begins on the fast of the 17th day of Tamuz—when Jerusalem’s walls were breached by Rome—and intensifies during the final nine days. During the three weeks, marriages are not held and observant Jews refrain from listening to music, dancing, pleasure trips, hair cutting, shaving CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Here are some resources for learning more about Tu B’Shevat and Jewish environmentalism. “To Till and to Tend: A Guide to Jewish Environmental Study and Action,” published in 1994 by the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, 443 Park Avenue South, New York, N.Y. 10016-7322. Phone (212) 684-6950. An overview of Jewish environmental issues, CONTINUE »

May 30, 2013

Winter is a funny time to celebrate Tu B’shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day. Bare branches still silhouette the sky; white obscures green, and the earth seems to shiver instead of blossom. In Israel, of course, the rainy season has passed and the first buds begin to appear around Tu B’shevat, the fifteenth of the Hebrew CONTINUE »