Eichah – 5768

Carmi Ronen Former Shaliach in Dayton   We are approaching Tisha B’Av, our national day of mourning, and I would like to try and understand the day’s essence – above and beyond its numerous mourning-related practices. Surprisingly, Megilat Eichah’s name is...

Seudah HaMafseket or Seudah Shlishit? – 5768

Rabbi Yossi Slotnick Former Rosh Kollel in Cape Town (1997-1998) Currently Ra”m in Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa   When Tisha B’Av falls on a Sunday, we are presented with a golden opportunity to listen in on an ancient discussion. We begin our brief journey with...

Tisha B’Av: A Moed? – 5767

Rabbi Shlomo Sobol Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   Parshat Devarim is always read during the Shabbat preceding Tisha B’Av. Fittingly, the parsha describes the “bechiya shel chinam” (the “gratuitous crying”) of chet hameraglim (the sin of the spies), which...

If I Forget Thee Jerusalem

Rav Moshe Aberman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago   As we read in this week’s Haftorah “Nachamu Nachamu Ami”, comfort comfort my nation, the national mood moves from mourning to comfort and preparation for the Yamim Tovim. (The seven Haftarot of comfort lead into...