Tishah b'Av

How words recreated what was lost in stone

By Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris, July 24, 2015

Fifteen hundred years ago, the ancient residents of the Bamiyan valley in central Afghanistan carved two giant Buddhas — each well over one hundred feet tall— into the side of a cliff, where they stood until one March day in 2001 when the Taliban set explosives at their base and toppled them. I remember the news that day clearly.


Community marks First World War centenary

By Daniel Easterman, August 5, 2014

Jewish leaders from across the community gathered together for a candlelit service to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.


Tisha B'Av: And you should tell it to your children

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013
'And you should tell it to your children' is the first installment of a three part series made by Aish UK and Jroots. The short film explores the festival Tisha B'Av through the themes of belief and the Holocaust, featuring an interview with Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. To see the full film click here http://vimeo.com/27337903


Out of the flames comes hope

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, July 14, 2013

Fires — and Tishah Be’Av.


How slavery caused the Temple's loss

By Benedict Roth, July 12, 2013

The ninth of Av is the day we mourn the destruction of the two Temples, Solomon’s and Herod’s, as well as the fall, 65 years later, of the city of Betar. The land of Israel was depopulated and the city of Jerusalem ploughed over.


If the prophets could see Israel now

By Laura Janner-Klausner, July 27, 2012

"Be consoled. Be consoled, my people". Between this Shabbat and the next, we wait for these calming words from Isaiah, which console us after weeks of pre-Tisha B'Av (ninth of Av) mourning and three Shabbats of being chided by our prophets. There is an inexorable process at work here: we have to hear this rebuke, we need to acknowledge pain before we can move to comfort and consolation.


New edition of Tishah b’Av laments

July 12, 2010

The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot
Edited by Simon Posner
OU Press/Koren, £16.99
distributors: Kuperard

Just in time for Tishah b’Av, Koren has brought out a fine new edition of the liturgy for the fast including the Book of Lamentations and the kinot – dirges – recited on the saddest day of the calendar. It comes with an extensive commentary from the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik based on his lectures.


Why a bleak fast can still be called a festival

By Rabbi David Lister, August 8, 2008

The fast of Tishah b'Av this weekend is one of the most mournful days in the calendar. But the rabbis still found seeds of hope within it

Much of Tishah b'Av is designed to break our morale. On this bleak day we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, along with many other tragedies that have befallen us in the centuries that have passed.