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Videos: The Three Weeks & Tisha B'Av

From Tragedy Into Joy
An Introduction to the Three Weeks
This class begins with a history of the three-week period of mourning for the Destruction of the Holy Temple and continues with an analysis of a prophecy of Jeremiah that hints to the future transformation of "bitterness into sweetness."
The Secret of Tisha B’Av
We need rebuke or love?
If we understand the underlying cause to the loss of the Holy Temple and the Divine presence it openly expressed, we can focus on reversing our exilic state of divine concealment.
Practical Halachah: The Three Weeks
The 17th of Tammuz, the Three Weeks, and the Nine Days
Learn the laws and customs for the mourning period of the “Three Weeks,” which begin with the fast of 17 Tammuz, and culminates with the fast of Tisha B’Av.
The Chassidic Approach to the Three Weeks and Tisha B’Av
Why Tisha B’Av will be a festival in the messianic era?
The teachings of chassidus look beyond the surface of the terrible destruction of the Holy Temple and the subsequent exile, which we mourn during the 3 weeks, and finds the hidden good embedded inside—offering insight into why they’ll ultimately be transformed into joyous holidays in the times of Moshiach.
Who Needs a Temple?
Video | 45:00
Who Needs a Temple?
What's the yearning all about?
Why building a Temple on the Temple Mount is by necessity the first stage in making the world a G-dly place. (Based on the Rebbe's discourse Gadol Yihyeh K'vod Habayis Hazeh, 5722.)
Is Exile G‑d’s Way of Punishing Us?
A Tisha B’Av Class
Why it is illogical to say that the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and the subsequent exile, came about as a punishment for the Jewish people.
The Secret of the Three Weeks
The saddest period in the Jewish calendar, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple – amongst a litany of other national tragedies – is commonly referred to as 'The Three Weeks'. Yet, our Sages referred to this period as '21 Days'? The answer to this innocuous question reveals an astounding new depth to both the mourning period and its inevitable resolution. (Based on Sefer Hasichos 5750)
Trilogy of Tribulations
The Haftorah Portions of the Three Weeks
A look at the three Haftorah portions read during the "Three Weeks" commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple.
Rambam: Beit Habechirah
Maimonides: Laws of Building the Holy Temple
Numerology and Tisha B'Av
The numbers and letters of destruction and renewal
The mystical secrets hinted at by the numbers in the dates associated with the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—the 17th day of Tammuz, the 9th day of Av, and the three weeks or twenty-one days between them.
Destruction of the Second Temple
A biblical history of the Jews
This class continues to describe the reign of the Herodian kings and the events leading to the fall of the Holy Temple to the Roman Emperor, Titus.
Crying over the Destruction
The lamentations of Jeremiah the prophet
Says the prophet Jeremiah in Lamentations, “For these things I weep.” Where were the rest of the Jewish people when Jeremiah was mourning the destruction of the Holy Temple?
Where is the Holy Ark?
Video | 43:29
Where is the Holy Ark?
A Textual Analysis of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah
A precise textual analysis of ch. 4, halacha 1 of Rambam's "Laws of the Chosen House" (Hilchos Beis HaBechira) considers the historical role of the Ark in the Temple as well as its location today. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 21)
Building, Destruction and Renewal
The Three Temples as Three Phases of a Marriage
The Third Temple to be built by Moshiach corresponds to the third phase in a relationship in which opposites are harmonized and ultimate peace is achieved.
The Destruction of the Holy Temple - Part 1
Textual Study of Talmud (Gittin 55b-57a)
The Talmud’s narrative of the unfortunate episodes that led to the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and our subsequent exile.
The Destruction of the Holy Temple, Part 2
Textual Study of Talmud (Gittin 57a-57b)
A Preferred Home
Video | 7:23
A Preferred Home
From a Talk by the Lubavitcher Rebbe
During the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av, we mourn the loss of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem. The Torah tells us, however, that when we study the laws of the Temple’s construction, we are already rebuilding it.
Above the Exile
Video | 7:14
Above the Exile
4 Menachem Av, 5740 · July 17, 1980
We recite in our prayers: “Because of our sins we have been exiled from our Land.” But through Teshuvah - return to G-d - we remedy the root-cause of exile, and bring it to an end.
Iron Will
Video | 37:48
Iron Will
A Metaphor for Exile and Redemption
Before the siege of Jerusalem, G-d commanded the prophet Ezekiel to place an iron pot around a brick symbolizing the city's siege. (Ezekiel 4:3) Iron can be a metaphor for the grave character defect of rigidity or for the deep inner strength of the Jewish people that leads to Redemption.
Torah Vigil for Israel
Torah Classes from a Day of Learning
Study a variety of vibrant and topical subjects with scholarly teachers. These Torah classes are from a day of learning in Montreal, Canada dedicated to help bring peace to Israel on 8/3/2008.
A Work in Progress
"Studying the dimensions of the Holy Temple is like building it"
The Midrash relates that at the beginning of the Babylonian exile, seventy years before the Jews’ return to Jerusalem, G-d instructed Ezekiel to teach them the dimensions of the Holy Temple, because when they engage in its study, G-d considers it as though they built it.
Intermediate Talmud: Stories of Tragic Destruction
Talmud Tractate Gittin, Chapter 5
Eicha in Depth
Study the Book of Lamentations
The Book of Lamentations is a sad song which contains the most heartrending prophecies of Jeremiah about the destruction of the Holy Temple and the ensuing exile. Join us for an informative and uplifting text-based study of this Biblical book, which is traditionally read on Tisha B’av.
What Is the Purpose of the Holy Temple?
Two dimensions in the mitzvah of building the Temple
Tragedy in Jewish Thought
How should we react when faced with tragedy?
Looking at various perspectives on the destruction of the 2nd Temple and two central approaches to tragedy. Is it proper to react with grief and mourning? Or can positivity be glimpsed through the darkness?
A Light unto All the Nations
Tisha B’Av and the Book of Eicha
In the book of Eicha – authored by Jeremiah the prophet – the letter Lamed in the verse “Let it not befall you...” is written small. This symbolizes Jeremiah's role, and by extension every Jew, to be a light unto the nations.
From Fast to Feast
Video | 40:00
From Fast to Feast
The transformation of fast days in the messianic era
In analyzing Maimonides' description of the future transformation of the current fast days into days of celebration in the Messianic era, this class sheds new light on the nature of things to come. (Likutei Sichos volume 15, p. 412)
The Secret of the Third Temple
Learn the unique attributes of the three holy Temples, and why the future temple will be eternal.
The Secret of Three
Video | 50:22
The Secret of Three
The 'Three Weeks', the Three Temples and the Number 3 in Torah
The Secret of the Second Temple
Video | 52:20
The Secret of the Second Temple
Studying about the construction and details of the 2nd Holy Temple informs us in the building of the final third Temple.
Why Do We Need the Holy Temple?
Every year during the “three week” we mourn the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash. But what are we truly missing without the Temple?
The Nucleus of the Holy Temple
Learn about the essential role of the Holy Ark in the Beit HaMikdash and the golden faced Keruvim stationed above the ark. We also examine the competing views of Hillel and Shammai: abnegation vs. cultivation.
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