The Shabbat after Tisha B’Av is a time of comfort to the long-suffering Jewish people. Awhile back, in a strange bar in a strange land, I experienced it for myself.
On the perils of trying to divine God’s will
Why I spent Tisha B’Av service at the OccupyICE tent in Portland
Judaism gives us the physical and spiritual cleanse system we need
How Jews observe Tisha B’Av in Rome, where the Arch of Titus commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem
This Tisha B’Av, I’ll be mourning for a different site of spiritual importance in Jerusalem
Remembering the heilige yid of Manhattan’s West Side in the 1960s and ’70s
This Tisha B’Av, I tried a new tradition: buying strangers lunch
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.
There’ll never be a Moo Goo Gai Pan quite like Schmulka Bernstein’s
The holiday frequently brings sermons about Jewish unity, but the story of the destruction of the Temple offers a very different message
My mother’s terrifying fear of losing me started with her fear of being lost herself
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
Brenda’s brother is in love with another man. What will his minyan think?
Stop setting things on fire and traumatizing campers. There are better and more meaningful ways to mark the holiday.
There’s only one song on it
How the saddest day of the Jewish calendar helped make me a happier Jew
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
The holiday gives us permission to mourn for many things, personal and communal, that we avoid discussing the rest of the year
King’s speech draws on a part of Isaiah that Jews recite after Tisha B’Av—offering a model for revitalizing his mission
When I converted to Judaism, I found the ‘Jewish mother’ I never had—a woman who resembled my own mom in surprising ways