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Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av

Destruction and Renewal

Three weeks of the Jewish year -- Tammuz 17 to Av 9 -- are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the resultant galut (physical exile and spiritual displacement) in which we still find ourselves

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."
Siege of Jerusalem
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Siege of Jerusalem
The Romans lay siege to Jerusalem; the leading Sage is smuggled out to confront Vespasian, the Roman General. Learn the spiritual significance of these events according to the mystical teachings of the Maharal of Prague.
Happiness & Grief
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Happiness & Grief
The “Three Weeks of Mourning” with a Chassidic twist
What are the “Three Weeks”? How do Jews traditionally mark the Destruction of the Temple? Are joy and mourning contradictory? Apply the lessons of the Jewish calendar to your own, day-to-day perspectives.
The 17th of Tammuz
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The 17th of Tammuz
Many tragedies had befallen our people on the 17th of Tammuz and marks the beginning of the three week mourning period for the destruction of the Holy Temple and the subsequent exile.
Tisha B’Av: Day of Days
The ninth of Av is marked as the day of greatest tragedy and mourning on the Jewish calendar, yet the prophet Jeremiah refers to it as a festive day; why?
The Story and History of Tisha B'Av - Part 1
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The Story and History of Tisha B'Av - Part 2
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The Story and History of Tisha B'Av - Part 3
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Halacha of The Three Weeks
Halacha - The 9 Days and Tishah B'Av
Laws of the 9 Days and the Fast of Tisha B'Av.
Understanding Tisha B’Av
Audio | 37:06
Understanding Tisha B’Av
On Tisha B’Av we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple; discover the positive within this mournful day.
The Lost Ark is Located
Many are intrigued by the mystery of the location of the Holy Ark. Don’t just rely on Hollywood; discover what the Torah has to say about this.
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.
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.
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
Audio | 42:45
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)
Israel's Final Battle
Although G-d bequeathed Abraham and his descendants the land of Israel whose borders include the east side of the Jordan, this territory was never formally part of Israel and will only become so with the final redemption. This class will explore the profound current implications of this future event—from the evolving nature of marriage to the solution to Israel's struggle for security.
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.
Practical Halachah: Tisha B'Av
The Fast of the 9th of Av
Learn the laws and customs for the fast of Tisha B’Av.
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)
The Temple’s Spiritual Dimensions
The three sections in the Holy Temple represent three levels of reality. Explore components of the Beit Hamikdash and their mirroring mystical attributes.
The Menorah of the Soul
The Sages of the Talmud differ as to the positioning of the Menorah in the Holy Temple, whether east to west (along the width of the temple) or north to south (along the temple’s length). This class reveals the spiritual underpinnings of this discussion and the relevance to our daily lives. (Based on Reshimas HaMenorah)
Maidens in White
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Maidens in White
On Yom Kippur and the 15th of Av the maidens of Jerusalem would go out to its vineyards where young men had gathered, like them, to find their partner in marriage. There the maidens would dance wearing borrowed white gowns. This class addresses the spiritual dimensions of this sublime encounter.
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