JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of worshippers marked the fast of Tisha b’Av at the Western Wall. Tisha b’Av, a 25-hour fast, commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and other tragedies in Jewish history. Beginning on Saturday night and continuing throughout Sunday, the worshippers read the Book of Lamentations and other lamentations dealing with…
In Second Temple times, people labeled fellow Jews ‘Sadducees’ for pursuing a religious path not identical to their own. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
For more than two thousand years the Roman Jewish community has been a part of the Roman city, but also of a global network of Jews. An artist imagines a series of new Tisha B’av rituals taking place there, inspired by the Diaspora.
[Author’s Note:In the almost 20 years since Sh’ma first published my observations about the lack of Jewish pluralism in Israel, life for non-Orthodox Jews in Israel has become more problematic. Not only does the Kotel remain monolithic under the hegemony of the ultra-Orthodox, but in July of this year the Israeli government ruled in equal measure about the Jewish state’s public ritual baths, or mikva-ot.]
We’ve entered the Three Weeks before Tisha b’Av, the traditional Jewish mourning period for calamities past and future. Or, as J.J. Goldberg is calling it this year, Convention Season.
The biblical book read on Tisha B’Av uses violent gendered metaphors against the female body to describe Jerusalem’s destruction. How one orthodox women found a creative way to reconcile this.
The fast of Tisha B’Av replete with images of sexual violence is closely followed by Tu B’Av, the Jewish Valentine’s Day. Melanie Landau says the holidays’ proximity offers a lesson in the ability to feel passion while also holding a space for pain.
On Tisha B’Av, traditional Jews fast to commemorate our exile. But nowadays, Daniel Greyber asks, shouldn’t we be feasting — even partying — in celebration of the State of Israel?
Israeli soldiers talking part in the Gaza operation are exempted from fasting on Tisha b’Av, the chief rabbis of Israel ruled.
A punk rock musician taught Avi Shafran an unexpected lesson about Tisha B’Av. The rocker was bemused to hear that Jews still mourn the destruction of the temples.