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The Foundation Stone“When the Holy One, blessed is He, created His world, He created it like an infant born from its mother. For a fetus born from the mother, begins from its navel and expands outward to all four directions so too, the Holy One, blessed is He, began to create the world from the Foundation Stone and from that, the entire world was established.” - Midrash Tanchuma – Pikudei #3

 

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IsraelHere I am only 10 miles from the Gaza strip, we have sirens and 45 seconds to get to cover.  But no one seems bothered.  Once an hour sometimes more you can hear the fighter planes returning from a run over the Gaza strip.  The come in from the south coast and fly north back to base.

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isupportisraelDear Friends, For more than a decade, and especially throughout the ongoing Operation Protective Edge, Israeli families in the south of the country have been living under an extremely difficult reality. The situation is difficult emotionally, but it has been difficult from an economic perspective as well.

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Forms of Mourning: Fasting II: Serving a Purpose Print E-mail

Tisha b'Av“After Nathan had gone home, God struck the child that Uriah's wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with the Lord for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground.
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Forms of Mourning: Crying II: Opening the Constraints Print E-mail

Tisha B'Av“In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to God (I Samuel 1:10).” Chana prepared for prayer by being bitter of soul; that bitterness was the koved rosh, the Mindfulness demanded by the Talmud (Berachot 30b). [Klei Yakar]
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Forms of Mourning: Sackcloth & Ashes II: Disconnected From My Light Print E-mail

Tisha B'AvInstead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding (Isaiah 3:24).”
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Forms of Mourning: Kinah & Misped II: Lamenting With God Print E-mail

The Three Weeks“Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you: "Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up."
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The Three Weeks: Days of Refuge Print E-mail
Written by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg   

Tisha B'AvThe Holy One, Blessed Is He, said (Bamidbar 35:11): "You shall designate cities for yourselves". Moshe said, "Master of the Universe! One who inadvertently commits murder [...], how will he know where the cities
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The Three Weeks: Seeking Out God Print E-mail
Written by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg   

Tisha B'AvWhen David brought the Ark, he erred and had it placed onto a wagon. [...] Uzza approached to support the Ark and "God struck him there for the error" (Samuel II 6:7). Immediately, "And David was anguished,
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Daniel: 12:3: The Three Weeks: Inspiring Good Print E-mail
Written by Machberes Avodas Hashem   

The Three Weeks“And those who bring the people to do the right thing shall be as the stars, eternal (Daniel 12:3).” The Midrash comments: Just as one sees the light of the stars from one end of the world to the other, so, too, one sees the light
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Letters From Aretz Print E-mail
Written by Rabbi Davd Rue   

IsraelHere I am only 10 miles from the Gaza strip, we have sirens and 45 seconds to get to cover.  But no one seems bothered.  Once an hour sometimes more you can hear the fighter planes returning from a run over the Gaza strip.  The come in from the south coast and fly north back to base.

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Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l: The Need for Tisha B’Av Part One Print E-mail

Churban“The period of the Three Weeks determines the ‘who we are and how we live’ all the time. For when we mourn over the Bais Hamikdash, when we feel the pain of its loss and the sufferings that our ancestors went through
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Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l: The Need for Tisha B’Av Part Two Print E-mail

Tisha B'AvA blind man, G-d forbid, reaches the point where his blindness is so accepted that he is not aware of a sense of loss. One who has lost his legs can adjust so that he is not aware of a sense of loss. He is not aware that he
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