We Acknowledge the Past, But Don’t Live There

This Tuesday coming up is Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av, a day of sorrow and commemoration for the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem. There were two Temples, the first destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and the second by the Romans in 70 CE. Tradition teaches that both were destroyed on …

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The Destructive Power of Speech

This time of year my thoughts turn back to a favorite story from the Talmud, the story of Bar Kamza. In the Jewish calendar we are approaching Tisha B'Av (the Ninth of Av), the date traditionally associated with the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, first by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and again …

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