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Healing the World, One Halal Cart at a Time

This Tisha B’Av, I tried a new tradition: buying strangers lunch

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Summer in the Golden City

Rokhl’s Golden City: Get out while you still can. Hit the Yiddish hills, escape into ’80s TV (when Russians were Russians and women wrestled), or just flee to Canada.

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My Own Private Tisha B’Av: The Chinese Restaurant

There’ll never be a Moo Goo Gai Pan quite like Schmulka Bernstein’s

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The Real Lesson of Tisha B’Av

The holiday frequently brings sermons about Jewish unity, but the story of the destruction of the Temple offers a very different message

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Lost and Found. And Lost Again.

My mother’s terrifying fear of losing me started with her fear of being lost herself

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On Tu B’Av, Embrace Thy Neighbor

Sure, Tu B’Av is a time for romance. But in today’s divisive climate, the holiday also provides us with an opportunity to feel hopeful, and to sing together.

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What We Can Learn from the Origin Story of Tisha B’Av About Relating to the Aggrieved Today

According to Jewish tradition, all the calamities of our 2,000-year exile can be traced to a fatal flaw that is still with us

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How the Spirit of Tisha B’Av Can Help Us Grapple with Black Lives Matter

The Jewish day of mourning teaches us to expand our circle of empathy beyond our own immediate community and concerns. It’s a practice we should draw upon today.

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Why I Struggle To Observe The Three Weeks

A writer finds it challenging to commemorate the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av, a period of mourning known as The Three Weeks

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A Story for Tisha B’Av

Author Lev Raphael looks back on the story that put him on the literary map 25 years ago

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Dancing on Tisha B’Av

Brenda’s brother is in love with another man. What will his minyan think?

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Before the Fast: Tisha B’Av Recipes With Meaning

An excerpt from Jewish Soul Food: Traditional Fare and What it Means

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How Summer Camps Should—and Shouldn’t—Observe Tisha B’Av

Stop setting things on fire and traumatizing campers. There are better and more meaningful ways to mark the holiday.

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Mourning in the Language of Tisha B’Av

A makeshift ritual to grieve for Sudanese and Eritrean refugees in Israel

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The Perfect Tisha B’Av Playlist

There’s only one song on it

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My Very Own Tisha B’Av

How the saddest day of the Jewish calendar helped make me a happier Jew

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By the Arch of Titus: Spending Tisha B’Av in Rome

Tisha B’Av was the first Jewish holiday I learned about growing up in Soviet Ukraine, and I’ve come to observe it in unexpected ways

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People Who Secretly Love Feeling Miserable on Tisha B’Av

The holiday gives us permission to mourn for many things, personal and communal, that we avoid discussing the rest of the year

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Jewish Fast Day Magnified by Conflict in Israel

The 17th of Tammuz, which falls on Tuesday, has additional meaning this year

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The Haftarah Reading That Inspired Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’

King’s speech draws on a part of Isaiah that Jews recite after Tisha B’Av—offering a model for revitalizing his mission

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In the Talmud, Minds Full of Torah Instead of Bowls Full of Sacrificial Blood

Daf Yomi: Could Judaism ever go back to now-alien-seeming rituals from before the destruction of the Temple?

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Jews and Muslims Break Their Fasts Together

Brooklyn synagogue hosts joint Tisha B’Av fast break and Ramadan iftar

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After My Mother Died, Another Woman Took Me Under Her Jewish Wing

When I converted to Judaism, I found the ‘Jewish mother’ I never had—a woman who resembled my own mom in surprising ways

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Other People’s Sin’at Chinam

How so many political commentators miss the point of Tisha B’Av

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On Tisha B’Av, Sadness and Reflection

For Women of the Wall supporters harassed last week, a day of solemnity

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Tisha B’Av on a Kuwait Military Base Gives a Chaplain a Lesson in Unity

The holiday never resonated for me, until I understood its message about connecting with other Jews—even Messianic ones

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Childhood Memories of a Year in Israel, Followed by a Lifetime in Exile

Right after Tisha B’Av in 1979, my family left Israel—and splintered into pieces. Despite my hopes, I never made it back.

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Thirteen Signs That You May Have Attended Jewish Summer Camp in the 1980s

Still cry when you hear ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’? Remember how to Dippity-Do your hair? Take a trip down memory lane, camper.

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How Tisha B’Av Helped Me Heal

Cancer, and a year of chemotherapy, gave me a new perspective on Jewish holidays—starting with Tisha B’Av

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Romney’s Jewish Connector

How Dan Senor became the GOP candidate’s key emissary to Israel’s intelligentsia and the Washington policy scene

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