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Three Weeks, The: the Three Weeks of mourning from the Seventeenth of Tammuz through Tishah B'Av, commemorating the period between the fall of Jerusalem and the Destruction of the Temple
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
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 profo...
Eicha in Depth, Part 16
Eicha: 1:18, Zion publicly acknowledges spiritual shortcomings, moral failures and rebelliousness. In accepting G-d’s judgment upon herself, she faithfully confesses her guilt in bringing destruction upon herself. Yet in the latter half of the verse, mour...
Eicha in Depth, Part 15
Studying Eicha verse 1:17. Zion; crying in pain and weeping incessantly, wrings her hands and desperately reaches out seeking sympathy, comfort and consolation, but no one responds! Her enemies follow her into exile; encircled and taunted she is outcast a...
Eicha in Depth, Part 14
Verse 16 presents Jerusalem crying bitterly over the savage suffering and brutal, bloody destruction of her children. Endless tears are shed for a vanished reality, as she mourns an enchanted spiritual world that so vibrantly pulsated with holiness, love ...
Eicha in Depth, Part 13
Jeremiah mournfully bewails the crushing of heroic defenders, leaving the innocent maidens defenceless before the bestial enemy who cruelly violated and murdered them by the thousands. The verbiage mysteriously hints at a festive-like appointed time – the...
Eicha in Depth, Part 12
This class studies the verse (Eicha 1:14) in which Jeremiah's warnings about the devastation that would visit the Jewish people reveals a profoundly orchestrated choreography woven into the timing and magnitude of G-d's punishment. The steady snowballing ...
Eicha in Depth, Part 11
This class focuses on the verse (Eicha, 1:13) “From on High He sent a Fire...” Our sages understood this to mean literally: G-d Himself actually rained down fire to burn the Beit HaMikdash so the heathens could not boast that they destroyed it themselves!...
Eicha in Depth, Part 10
In this class we listen to Jerusalem pour her heart out to proverbial passersby in emotional distress, bitterly lamenting her misfortune and destruction. The in-depth analyses of this verse reveals how this poetic prophecy provide insight, encouragement a...
Eicha in Depth, Part 9
Megillat Eicha begins in verse 11: “All her people are sighing...” as the prophet laments the dreadful starvation that gripped the nation. Utterly consumed with hunger they exchanged handfuls of gold for tiny morsels of bread. Blinded by their insatiable ...
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