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What Is Tisha B'Av?

Posted on July 16th, 2018
From Chabad.org


Due to Tisha B'Av falling on Saturday, July 21, the fast is observed on Sunday, July 22.


Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av (Jul. 21-22, 2018), is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive ourselves and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period of time during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

What Happened on 9 Av

 

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The Three Weeks

Posted on July 9th, 2018
From AlephBeta

 

We are now in a period known as the Three Weeks, beginning with the 17th of Tammuz (June 30) and culminating with Tisha b'Av (July 21, although the fast is observed on the 22nd due to the 21st being Shabbat)


Overview

Tisha B’Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, marking the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and other countless tragedies. Leading up to Tisha B’Av is a mourning period is called the Three Weeks, beginning with a fast on the 17th of Tammuz. The mourning intensifies during the Nine Days, beginning with the first of Av, culminating with the fast on the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av.

The Three Weeks

The Three Weeks is a period of mourning on the Jewish calendar, commemorating the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem. The Three Weeks begin with the fast of the 17th of Tammuz, Shiva Asar B’Tammuz, and end with the fast of the 9th of Av, Tisha B’Av (July 25th- 26th, 2015). Both fasts commemorate events surrounding the destruction of the Temples and the subsequent exile of the Israelites from the land of Israel. The First Temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II in 586 BCE and the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE.

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Jews and July 4th

Posted on July 2nd, 2018
by Marnie Winston-Macauley for aish.com


There were over 2000 Jews in colonial America and many took part in the Revolutionary War. Here’s their story.


Picture it. A Jew in a waistcoat, knee breeches, holding a shotgun? Yet of the over 2000 Jews in colonial America, many adult Jewish males took part in the Revolutionary War from fighting to financing. A few were royalists, but most American Jews supported the fight for independence.

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What is the Amidah?

Posted on June 25th, 2018
from bimbam.com

 


The Jewish Standing Prayer


The Amidah is the core of every Jewish worship service and refers to a series of blessings recited while standing. Learn more this prayer with Rabbi David Wolkenfeld of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago.

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Whatever Happened to the Ten Commandments?

Posted on June 18th, 2018
BY RABBI DAVID GOLINKIN for myjewishlearning.com 


Why this central part of the Torah is not in our daily liturgy


At one time, during the Second Temple period, the Ten Commandments were read daily as part of the liturgy. Find out why it is no longer part of our daily prayers.

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