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Invitation To Give Thanks
Invitation To Give Thanks

This verse is the source of the biblical mandate to…

Celebrating Tu B’Av
Celebrating Tu B’Av

Tu B’Av, the fifteenth of Av, was celebrated in ancient times by…

No Holiday As Joyous
No Holiday As Joyous

Tu B’Av (The Fifteenth of Av) is no longer the well-known holiday on the Jewish calendar that it was…

Why Am I Not Interested in Idols?
Why Am I Not Interested in Idols?

There is an interesting dialogue between the elders of Rome and the…

It Happened in Argentina
It Happened in Argentina

Aside from the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem, many tragic events in Jewish history are associated with…

Elegies (Kinnot)
Elegies (Kinnot)

An elegy is defined as a mournful poem or a lament. In Hebrew, an elegy is known as…

The Book of Lamentations
The Book of Lamentations

On Tisha B’Av, the ninth of Av, one of the ways that the Jewish people demonstrate their mourning over the loss of both Holy Temples is by…

The Meal Before
The Meal Before

While there are several fast days on the Jewish calendar, only two are referred to as “major fasts”…

Mourning Jerusalem I: A Brief History of the First Temple
Mourning Jerusalem I: A Brief History of the First Temple

On Tuesday, Jews all over the world will observe the fast of Tisha B’Av. It is on this day that the Jewish people mourn the destruction of both the First and Second Temples. The First Temple was destroyed almost 2,500 years ago and the Seco…

Mourning Jerusalem II: A Brief History of the Second Temple
Mourning Jerusalem II: A Brief History of the Second Temple

The Babylonian Exile that followed the destruction of the First Temple lasted for 70 years. Under the leadership of Ezra and Nechemia, however, the Jews began to return to the land of Israel and to Jerusalem. Many chose not to return, but tho…

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