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  • The Doorway of Tisha B’Av

    August 17, 2016 | 4:58 am

    [Ed. Note: Tisha B'Av (the 9th of Av) has just passed for this year as this entry appears. We offer this entry, tying Tisha B'Av, the loss of parents, and the ability to expand compassion. --- JB]


    The death of our parents binds us to Tisha B’Av (the 9th of the Jewish month of...

  • Do we believe in sacred space?

    August 16, 2016 | 11:51 am

    When you think of a sanctuary, what do you think of? Your synagogue? Your kid’s day school? Your grandmother’s house?

    Now what about tragedy? Do you think of a loss of a friend? Terrorism? The Shoah?

    We’ve just finished the three-week mourning over two destroyed Temples. It’s...

  • Rejecting hopelessness and destruction within prison walls

    August 10, 2016 | 3:26 pm

    When a close family member of mine was imprisoned at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic a few years ago, my perspective on the criminal justice system was forever changed. No longer were “inmates,” “jail” and “lockdown” abstract concepts. They were everyday life. Real. Close....

  • The senseless love for America and Israel.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 10, 2016 | 7:55 am

    Watching Itzhak Perlman
    His polio-ridden, scooter dangling legs
    His eyes with rocket’s red glare
    His fingers riddle the violin with bursting notes
    What so proudly we hailed
    There’s still hope for Hatikva
    The world floats in the balance of love and hate
    Sinat Chinam...

  • Marking Tisha b’Av during a long, hot summer

    August 8, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    As the fast day of Tisha b’Av approaches, the summer heat and humidity is rising.

    That got me thinking: Does the solemn day have the stuff to raise our consciousness as well?

    Tisha b’Av — this year it begins on the evening of Saturday, August 13 — marks the destruction of...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • One group’s proposal for Mideast peace? Build the Third Temple

    July 28, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    As Egypt, Qatar, the U.S. and the U.N. write proposals for Israel-Hamas cease-fires, one organization based in Jerusalem’s Old City hopes to compose a peace plan of a different kind: a detailed architectural blueprint for the Third Jewish Temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.


  • Israel’s AG: Eliyahu’s candidacy for chief rabbi legally indefensible

    July 16, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Israel’s attorney general said the candidacy of Shmuel Eliyahu for Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel raised legal difficulties and could not be defended by his office.

    While Yehuda Weinstein cannot officially bar Eliyahu from running for chief rabbi, the attorney general said...

  • Top 10 Tisha b’Av films

    July 15, 2013 | 9:32 am

    The Jewish day of fasting and mourning that begins tonight at sundown commemorates not just the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem but a confluence of Jewish tragedies through the ages. Watching sad movies has become a favorite pastime to help pass the time on this...

  • On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

    July 10, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha b’Av, we already know the answer — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona.

    “This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement.

    Unknowingly, the governor connected me to the mood of...

  • Talmud in Downtown L.A.

    August 8, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Around 2,500 people turned out for the citywide Siyum HaShas celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Aug. 1. The event marked the completion of the seven-and-a-half year cycle of daily Talmud study known as Daf Yomi.

    The program began with Mincha (afternoon prayer) just after...

  • July 28 - August 2, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    July 25, 2012 | 10:49 am

    SAT | JULY 28

    Tonight’s tasty and spiritual shindig features a taco truck, beer, stories and Havdalah. Afterward, a talented local lineup of queer and ally poets, musicians and storytellers perform. Organized by East Side Jews, the Jewish Federation’s Young...

  • Tisha B’Av at the Western Wall [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 9, 2011 | 11:10 am

    JewishJournal.com goes to the Kotel in Jerusalem to document the observance of Tisha B’av, the day marking the destruction of the temples.

  • Let us reap wisdom sown by tragedy of Tisha B’Av

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 2, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    This week we observe the fast of Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

    Last year before Tisha B’Av, The Jewish Journal published an article that loosely and foolishly spoke of the destruction of the Temple as a good thing.  Those who offer such...

  • Tisha B’Av

    By Abby Gilad

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    You are enjoying the fun of summer when -- plunk! -- there's a day of mourning. This year, the ninth of Av, the day both Temples were destroyed, falls early in the summer. The fast starts at sunset on July 17 and continues until sunset on July 18.

    There are some things that are...