A Scholar of Jewish History Recounts Spending Tisha b’Av in Spain, the Scene of Centuries of Jewish Hopes and Catastrophes

The late Frank Talmage, a scholar of Jewish history, recounts spending Tisha b’Av (observed this Saturday night and Sunday) in northern Spain: the scene of centuries of Jewish hopes, achievement, and catastrophe. Visiting the cathedral of Tortosa, he is overcome by emotion (1981):

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More about: Catalonia, Medieval Spain, Sephardim, Tisha b'Av

Hizballah Bears Responsibility for the Beirut Blast

According to the Lebanese government, the explosion in its capital city on Tuesday that left over 100 dead and many more injured or homeless was caused by the accidental detonation of some 2,750 of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer often used for making bombs. (Less than one-thousandth of that amount was used by Timothy McVeigh to destroy the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.) Previously, police have discovered Hizballah warehouses in London and Germany storing many tons of the same explosive. Hussein Ibish comments:

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More about: Hizballah, Lebanon