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Why Make a Siyum During the Nine Days?

Isn’t this counterintuitive? Shouldn’t we be sad during this time, not seeking out different ways to celebrate and rejoice?
Where Is G‑d?

How can G-d be in the Holy Temple, where do mitzvahs, where we learn Torah, everywhere, and nowhere all at once?
On the Calendar
The Nine Days—Laws and Customs
Heightened mourning, uplifting visions and rejoicing with mitzvot
Parshah
The Vision of Isaiah

The question is: Who or what is Zion? And who are the captives?
Story
The Urchins' Revenge

They were burning with an urge for revenge. “Let us ambush the new rabbi at night and beat him to a pulp,” one suggested.
A Soul at Sinai: From a Life in Germany to a Life in Israel

When I joined my mother for the weekly visits to the church, I felt something wasn’t right.
Essay
The Subterranean Temple
Had the Temple not been initially constructed with the knowledge of, and the provision for, what was to happen on the ninth of Av, no mortal could have moved a single stone from its place.
3 Lessons You Can Learn From My Stutter

You know what to say, your listener is waiting patiently, but you simple cannot … Get. The. Words. Out.
Lifestyle
Devilled Eggs Three Ways

Why were the Jews commanded to each contribute half a shekel to the Sanctuary? To teach us that no individual is a complete entity unto himself. Only by joining with another can a person become a whole thing.
— The Chassidic masters