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I Internalized The Loss Of Tisha B’Av In My Dream Last Night

I had a dream last night about Tisha B’Av. As one does. And in it I got into a theological conversation with a less observant friend of mine. Theological conversations are not uncommon in my dreams. Occupational hazard, I suppose. We were sitting on the floor – one of the customary ways that Jews mourn, […]

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The Anti-Semite Who Reminded Me That It was Tisha B’Av

“I can’t fall asleep,” my son told me as he walked into my room one evening last week. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “We watched a movie about the Holocaust today in camp,” he explained. The Holocaust, I thought – giving Jewish children nightmares since the Holocaust. It was the right thing to show at camp, since […]

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A Tisha B’Av of Joy?

Tisha B’Av – the ninth day of the month of Av – is usually the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, a day of fasting and mourning the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, among other tragedies. But last year, our family’s Tisha B’Av was far from solemn. Late in June, my husband, Daniel, received […]

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Pre-Tisha B’Av Dairy Dishes From “The Silver Platter”

While the seuda hamafsekes (the final meal before the fast begins) consists of a piece of bread and an egg, eaten on the floor, a more substantial meal should be eaten first. Spaghetti squash, veggies and quinoa are delicious and healthy foods to load up on before the twenty-five hour fast.   SPINACH CHEESE BITES dairy, Passover […]

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11 Tisha B’Av Calamities

The culmination of the Three Weeks, an annual time of mourning the destruction of The Beis HaMikdash (Holy Temple) is Tisha b’Av. It is the saddest day of the Jewish year and the most calamitous in our history. So great was our pain on this day as a nation, that each year we commemorate it […]

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