Using a Jewish day of mourning to attack visitors to the Temple Mount.
Tisha b’Av in Catalonia, and a torrent of emotion.
Elisha ben Avuyah became a vehicle for exploring the agonizing conundrums the rabbis were too honest to ignore but too pious to articulate.
“Jerusalem was the force that provided us with stamina during the arduous trek through the desert.”
A different kind of optimism.
With one breath we mourn, with another we rejoice.
Even the Western Wall is no longer a symbol of national sorrow.
The scene of centuries of Jewish hopes, achievement, and catastrophe.
The book burning in 13th-century Paris.
The happy minor holiday of Tu b’Av symbolizes the reunification of God and Israel, and offers a foretaste of the great dance of redemption.
To forget one’s past is to remain forever a child.
The origins of Tu b’Av.
A visit to northern Spain, scene of Jewish hopes, achievement, and catastrophe.