The 9th of Av

On this 9th of Av, Jewish national day of mourning the tragedies that befell our people, I take pride in our accomplishments.  We are a people that have endured! We are a people that have contributed much to the human family! We are a people that is willing to adapt and renew itself in the…Read more »

Rabban Yochanan Ben Zakkai

Here is a wonderful story of redemption for Tisha B’av Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai Saves Torah Annette Labovitz The three-year Roman siege of Yerushalayim portended doom for Jewish nationalism. The inhabitants of the Holy City were divided; some were wearied from the hopelessness of the situation; others, although refusing to surrender, fought among themselves. Hunger…Read more »

Reimagining Tisha B’av

I am so excited to be back on the bima!  After a meaningful and study filled Sabbatical in Israel I am looking forward to celebrating Shabbat with my Kol Ami community! This Shabbat is Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath prior to Tisha B’Av (This coming Monday eve and Tuesday).  Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) commemorates…Read more »