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Book of Lamentations

The Modern Need for Lamentations (Lamentations 1: 1-11)

Kimberly D. Russaw | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Kimberly D. Russaw

Twenty first century readers of the Scriptures are likely uncomfortable with the book of Lamentations and its stories of weeping, groaning, and grieving. But, the act of lamenting is not unique to biblical Israelites.

On Tisha B'av, Move Beyond The Place Where We Are Right

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

How we talk to and about each other around issues that matter can destroy a city or maybe even a country. Words matter. Innuendo can kill. More and more, that seems to be true today, as well.

In The Beginning There Was Not: A Tisha B'Av Reflection

Joshua Schwartz | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Joshua Schwartz

On Tisha B'Av, we are left with ruins, the emptiness remains. We are left with what was, with the past as such. But what is a ruin?

The Time Is Now: Renewing Orthodoxy for the 21st Century

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 05.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

The need is great and the time has to be now. If we sit idly by we risk the marginalization of not only those most affected by the increasing stultification of Orthodoxy, but we risk the marginalization of the Torah itself.

Stories Of Loss And Chaos: The Ninth Of Av And The 10th Anniversary Of 9/11

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Tisha B'Av has been a way for the Jewish community to confront and contain trauma through the telling of stories. But after 9/11, how can we have unity when we aren't clear what story we are telling?

Come In, Take Your Shoes Off: A New Look at Tisha B'Av

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Himsel

Let me tell you who I was, or who I believed myself to be, when I came to be built among you. You saw me as a bridge between the earth and heaven, but come closer.