The biblical book read on Tisha B’Av uses violent gendered metaphors against the female body to describe Jerusalem’s destruction. Should feminists take part in this communal gathering?
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.
In the days leading up to Tisha B’av — especially in light of the war in Gaza — food isn’t as joyous as usual. Molly Yeh offers coconut quinoa as a source of comfort and nourishment.
When you’re growing up Orthodox, you don’t have to remember all the mournful rules of Tisha B’Av. But once you are married, you have to decide for yourself which to observe.
As Jews prayed over the destruction of the Temple, here was a Tisha B’Av service unlike any other: Neshama Carlebach and Basya Schechter singing of hope and mourning.
The Jerusalem Police closed the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors a day after Arabs protested such visits.