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Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eikha
Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eikha
Tisha B'Av is both a fast day and a day of mourning, but has different observances than other fast days. We will look at some of the reasons why.
Rabbi Akiva and an Ethic of Pain
Rabbi Akiva and an Ethic of Pain
Questions From the Long Night: Selections from the Responsa of Rav Ephrayim Oshry
Questions From the Long Night: Selections from the Responsa of Rav Ephrayim Oshry
Silence and Speech in the Presence of Suffering
Silence and Speech in the Presence of Suffering
Eikha (Lamentations) (part 1 of a 5-session course)
Eikha (Lamentations) (part 1 of a 5-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. We will engage in a close reading of Lamentations and examine how it has been understood over the ages.  
The Midrashim on the Book of Lamentations
The Midrashim on the Book of Lamentations
We will examine the midrashim on the Book of Lamentations.
She Sits as a Widow: Studying the Book of Eikha (Lamentations)
She Sits as a Widow: Studying the Book of Eikha (Lamentations)
We will engage in a literary-theological study of the Book of Lamentations, read in the synagogue on Tisha B'Av night. We will attempt to understand the structure and meaning of each chapter and the book as a whole and its relation to other books of the Bible. We will make use of classical commentaries and modern studies of the Bible.