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Category: 3 Week/9 Days/Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av – Aseh Lecha Rav

Rabbi Hayyim David HaLevi was the chief rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yafo from 1973 until his death in 1998. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he studied at Yeshivat Porat Yosef under Rav Ezra Attiyah and Rav Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel, author of Mishpetei Uziel and Chief Rabbi at the time of Israel’s founding.…

Fasting for Pregnant and Nursing Women – a teshuvah by Rabbi Nahum Rabbinovitch

Shulkhan Arukh (OH 554:5) states simply that pregnant and nursing women must fast on Tishah b’Av. Is this indeed the case?  What if she is concerned about her health, or the health of the baby? Is it permitted only if she is first feeling weak?…

Not Wearing Shoes Doesn’t Mean Going Barefoot

Should We Regret Making the Right Decision?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on July 31, 2017

  Much of the regret that we express on Tisha B’Av and the teshuva that we do is for sins of the past or for שנאת חנם which, though it still continues doesn’t indicate any specific moment or act. I have identified another theme in the Tisha B’Av story, which I feel may give us one more opportunity to do real teshuva on that day and in our lives.…

The Proper Practice of Repentance in the Haftarot of the Three Weeks

by Dr. Michelle Levine Posted on October 21, 2016

Responses to the Churban: Crying, Laughing and Taking Action

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 10, 2016

The most immediate response to the destruction of the Temple was crying, sorrow and lamentations – a response that we try to relive on Tisha b’Av.  But it is not possible, certainly on a national level, for the sense of tragedy and loss to dominate and define our religious life.  …

Tisha B’Av, Tragedy and a Personal God

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 22, 1998

On the Ninth of Av we mourn over the destruction of the Temple and over other great tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. It is a day marked by great sadness and sorrow, a day on which we are all mourners.…