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Watch Video Classes the Destruction of the Holy Temple

Join Chabad.org’s presenters for classes on one of the darkest events in our nation's history.

Rebuilding the Temple
The Jerusalem Talmud states: “If the Holy Temple is not rebuilt in your lifetime, it’s as though it were destroyed in your lifetime.” The commentaries learn from this that the Temple’s destruction is an ongoing event.
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."
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.
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?
Exile and Your
Learning from the Rebbe: Episode 12
The first stage of the Jewish people's Exile was when the rabbis were sent away, but the "final straw" was when the children stopped studying. Guest Expert: Rabbi Manis Friedman. (From “Messages”—Season 4, Episode 12)
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.
Make it Stop!
The Holy Temple Is Going Up in Flames!
The Jerusalem Talmud states: “If the Holy Temple is not rebuilt in your lifetime, it’s as though it were destroyed in your lifetime.” The commentaries learn from this that the Temple’s destruction is an ongoing event. On Tisha B’av, we do not mourn events that occurred 1,900 years ago… The destruction of the Temple takes place every single day – and a Jew is expected to cry out for Redemption as if he has witnessed that destruction today!
Temple in Ruin
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Temple in Ruin
Talmudic Tales: Laugh or Cry?
Two puzzling stories where the sages cried after witnessing tragedy, but Rabbi Akiva laughed instead.
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?
History, Hegel and Rabbi Akiva
The interplay of positivity and negativity in the context of Jewish history and Sefirat Haomer.
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.
My Temple. Destroyed?
Can G-d destroy the holiest place on earth? A deeper meaning into the reason and purpose of destruction.
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.
The Story Behind Shabbat Chazon
The inner meaning of the Shabbat before Tisha B'Av
Learning the Haftorah: Chazon, Part 1
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Learning the Haftorah: Chazon, Part 2
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Why Second Chances Matter
A message for Shabbat Chazon
Visualize, Realize
Video | 1:13:59
Visualize, Realize
Trilogy of Tribulations - Part III
In the third haftorah of the “Trilogy of Tribulations,” we learn how Isaiah’s prophecy contains a hidden lesson about our power to visualize and manifest our greatest hopes and dreams.
The Soul: Touching the Untouchable
Every Jew possesses a divine soul, which is called a Neshamah. How do we access the soul within us? This lecture presents a closer look into the inner workings of the soul based on the teachings of Kabbala as elucidated in chassidus.
On Account of a 'Rooster and Hen'
Talmud: Stories of Tragic Destruction
This Gemara class takes you back in time to the beginning of the common era, as we revisit the narratives and events that ultimately caused the complete collapse of the Second Jewish Commonwealth and tragic destruction of the thriving Judean society which once flourished in Eretz Yisrael, even after the Holy Temple’s destruction by the Roman Empire. Annually commemorated in the saddest Three Weeks of the Jewish calendar (called Bein-Hametzarim), these fascinating yet sobering Talmudic records and reflections are found in Tractate Gittin (57a).
One of Judea’s Vanished Villages
Talmud Stories of Tragic Destruction
Inspiring remarkable Talmudic tales about Kfar Sachnaya; a righteous, merry municipality that flourished in Eretz Yisrael after the tragic destruction of the Second Beit HaMikdash. Sadly, in the end they too, were brutally massacred by the vicious Roman armies. Be amazed at the heroes’ and villains who come to life off these pages; a simple man’s chastity that transcends the biblical Joseph, a sudden dip in commodities leads to the apprehension and execution of two rapists, and a Sage’s wisdom saves an innocent woman from defamation. You’ll also garner valuable knowledge about the Jewish marriage and the Ketubah. It ends on a stirring note about our loyalty and undying love for Jerusalem!
Running Rivers of Boiling Blood
Talmud Stories of Tragic Destruction
This class conveys chilling details of the Roman massacre that ensued upon the defeat of the stronghold Judean city Beitar, causing the countryside to literally run red in Jewish blood. We then turn back centuries earlier to a shocking narrative of horrific carnage in Jerusalem wrought by the infamous Babylonian butcher Nevuzradon, during the destruction of the first Beit HaMikdash. Some 252 years after the Prophet Zachariah was tragically murdered by fellow Jews, his boiling blood still bubbled; becoming a pretext for insatiable Babylonian brutality and bloodshed.
The Good, the Bad, and the Bloodbath
Talmud Stories of Tragic Destruction
The Talmud relates shocking stories about some of the world’s worst anti-Semites and mass murderers who went on to become righteous converts! The chilling details of bloody massacres perpetuated against our ancestors are juxtaposed with historic details about some of the strangest conversions in history, and the Talmudic narratives about the tragic destruction of our noble homeland.
Is Choosing Death Ever Kosher?
Talmud Stories of Tragic Destruction
This class continues with further analysis of the meaning behind “the voice of Jacob vs. the hands of Esau”. Then a shocking story about a ship filled with hundreds of beautiful young Jewish girls and boys who chose self-inflicted death rather than lives of coerced-immorality; followed by a haunting tale of a holy woman and her seven sons who chose death over abandonment of their Jewish faith. We’ll delve into the gut-wrenching dilemma of death by choice, and how far one is permitted to go to avoid sinking into the depths of spiritual depravity. These Talmudic narratives of martyrdom and loyalty to faith under the harshest of conditions will inspire even as they touch a very sad cord.
A View to a Kill!
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A View to a Kill!
Talmud Stories of Tragic Destruction
Continuing our investigation into the verse, “Because for your sake we are killed all the time,” which literally speaks about martyrdom out of loyalty to our divinely inspired faith. Now, this offering provides fascinating homiletic insights as we explore three non-literal interpretations: euphemistically applying this to the mitzvah of Brit Milah, expert scholars who demonstrate the laws of ritual slaughter on themselves, and a final illustration demarking the meaning of true devotion to Torah study. The class concludes with shocking findings of mounds of Tefillin in the aftermath of the horrific Roman massacres perpetrated at Beitar. (Gittin 57b - 58a)
Children of Exile: Traumatized, Tortured, Murdered
Talmud Stories of Tragic Destruction
This Talmudic tapestry of testimony to the brutal murder and psychological trauma and torture inflicted upon young Jewish children may be the earliest historical record of child abuse by selfishly exposing them to raw sexuality! Study different narratives from different periods of Israel's destruction, masterfully sewn together in Perek HaNizakin, Masechet Gittin pg 58a.
Not Swept Under the Carpet…
Talmud Stories of Tragic Destruction
In this class the Talmud tells tragic tales of sexual exploitation and slavery. Chilling incidents of psychosomatic torture, emotional trauma, total loss of dignity and related forms of sexual abuse are conveyed. The concluding narrative illustrates a sin of grave immorality coupled with callous indifference to the emotional and mental damage inflicted upon another, ultimately sealed our fate and triggered the Divine decree to destroy the Temple and catalyze our exile.
Temple Life
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Temple Life
Rashi states that G-d took the two Holy Temples from us as collateral for our sins. By Jewish law, collateral must be returned in one piece; nothing can be missing. May we go from “G-d’s presence filled the Tabernacle” to “G-d called Moses”, with everything that follows.
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