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The Impossibility of Mourning: Zoharic Thoughts on the Interminability of Tisha b’Av

Posted: 07/30/2020
The Impossibility of Mourning: Zoharic Thoughts on the Interminability of Tisha b’Av
“From the day the Temple was destroyed…” – with this phrase, Jewish tradition repeatedly insists that the Temple’s destruction irreparably damaged the cosmos, even the divine itself. We commemorate Tisha B’Av with many of the customs of mourning in our personal lives. Why can we not ever complete this mourning? Do we ever complete mourning in our personal lives? We will study some texts from the kabbalistic masterpiece, the Zohar, on what Tisha B’Av can teach us about mourning … and vice versa.
Megillat Eicha followed by “A Cry in the Night, Eicha as a Lamentation”

Posted: 07/30/2020
Megillat Eicha followed by “A Cry in the Night, Eicha as a Lamentation”
Introduction to Megillat Eicha by Rabbi David Silber Reading of Megillat Eicha by Drisha Kollel students Lecture by Rabbi David Silber
Kinot, Tisha B’Av 5780

Posted: 07/30/2020
Kinot, Tisha B’Av 5780
A discussion of selected kinot (dirges) from the Tisha B'Av liturgy. Led by Rabbi Daniel Reifman and Rabbanit Aliza Sperling, this will be a chance to look closely at the themes of mourning and destruction central to Tisha B'Av and to connect them to our contemporary lives
Rabbi Silber: Megillat Eicha

Posted: 11/04/2010
Rabbi Silber: Megillat Eicha
Rabbi Silber: Megillat Eicha 10/21/10

Posted: 10/21/2010
Rabbi Silber: Megillat Eicha 10/21/10
Rabbi Silber: Megillat Eicha 11/18/10

Posted: 11/18/2010
Rabbi Silber: Megillat Eicha 11/18/10
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 5

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 5
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eikha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eikha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 4

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 4
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 3

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 3
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 2

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 2
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 1

Posted: 07/28/2019
Reflections on Eicha, Chapter 1
Part 2: of Preparing for Tisha B’Av - Studies and Reflections The 5 chapters of Eicha
The Three Weeks – Bein hametzarim, Within the Straits – culminate in Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning and contemplation, and encourage us to think deeply about what is missing in our personal and communal lives.
Part 1: Introduction to Tisha B’Av and the 3 weeks
Part 2: The 5 chapters of Eicha
Part 3: Selected Kinot
In the Margins of Catastrophe: The Prequel and Postscript to the Book of Eicha

Posted: 06/25/2019
In the Margins of Catastrophe: The Prequel and Postscript to the Book of Eicha
In this class, our character of choice is the city of Jerusalem. Rather than studying Megillat Eicha, the classic text of destruction, we  instead look at the before and after. We begin with the historical background and context to the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E., examining the 'Jerusalem myth', the notion that had taken hold over the previous centuries that the city could never fall, and then move to the post-script, studying the midrashic commentary to Eicha, which subverts, undermines, and rewrites the Megilla to replace themes of destruction and despair with ones of comfort and continuity.
Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eicha

Posted: 07/27/2015
Perceiving Tragedy Through the Lens of the Book of Eicha
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.
Eicha (part 1 of a 5-session course)

Posted: 10/07/2010
Eicha (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

Posted: 10/28/2010
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 Eicha (Lamentations)

Posted: 07/14/2010
She Sits as a Widow: Studying the Book of Eicha (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.