9th of Av

Building a Palace in Time

These days it seems we have nothing but time. Before the pandemic, we filled our lives with concerts and theater, movies and visits to the library, gatherings at restaurants and in the homes of friends. We lived lives of privilege, yet we didn’t see it as such. Now with corona, we have this opportunity to be human beings, rather than human doings. In our tradition, this is normally relegated to a period between sundown on Friday and sundown on Saturday.…

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The “Three Weeks”

To start this blog out on a positive note (rim shot!), I would like to talk about this experience of making our way through what are known as the “three weeks” or Bein ha-Metzarim (Hebrew: בין המצרים, “Between the Straits”) . This period of time marks three weeks starting with the 17th of Tammuz ending with the 9th of Av — commemorating some of the biggest calamities visited upon the Jewish people including: the destruction of the Temple — not…

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