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  • Try These Two Ways to Increase Joy Today

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 15, 2016 | 11:57 am

    The Talmud teaches us in Taanit 29a, "כשם שמשנכנס אב ממעטין בשמחה כך משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה," “Just like as soon as [the Jewish month of] Av has entered, we decrease in happiness, so too as soon as [the Jewish month of] Adar has entered, we increase in happiness.” This teaching...

  • At Western Wall, showdown between two women’s groups

    July 25, 2013 | 11:52 am

    On the morning of July 8, at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, the Western Wall plaza was a cacophonous mess.

    Women of the Wall, the activist group that holds women’s prayer services each month at the site known as the Kotel, loudly sang festive prayers at a spot far from...

  • A Sabbath of Comfort

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thursday was Tisha B'av -- the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av -- the day on which we fast, pray and commemorate the tragedy of our people's past. According to tradition, many of the worst catastrophes to befall the Jewish people took place on Tisha B'av: The destruction of the first...