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Unifying Israel, G-d, the Torah, and the Land

It is supremely appropriate that it is precisely during the Three Weeks that we meet up again and become re-united in our Torah-readings.

Unifying Israel, G-d, the Torah, and the Land

The purpose of our journey - summing up the Book of Numbers

The Torah reading during the Three Weeks is not happenstance, but the map for a nation's journey to Redemption.

The purpose of our journey - summing up the Book of Numbers

How to cry

"Even though the gates of prayer are locked, the (heavenly) gates of tears have not been locked..."said Rabbi Elazar in the Talmud.

How to cry

The Three Weeks in our time

Remember the past but do not be held captive by it. Still, in today’s fast-moving culture, we undervalue acts of remembering.

The Three Weeks in our time

A summary of halakhot of the Three Weeks

Through keeping these halakhot properly we strive to merit witnessing the geulah, and the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash.

A summary of halakhot of the Three Weeks

Temporary or permanent? Subverting the Redemption

Such is Torah: One dot missing in a word in Mattot-Masei and Rashi's explanation lead to a vast lesson brought with exquisite subtlety.

Temporary or permanent?  Subverting the Redemption

Reuven, Gad and the Three Weeks

Mattot-Maasei Numbers 30:2–36:13: The lure of easy gratification and achievement has dulled our yearning for Hashem’s Temple and redemption.

Reuven, Gad and the Three Weeks

Sensitivity and silence: The Three Weeks

There will always be some talent, skill, or natural characteristics that I can appreciate in another if I look at him with a favorable eye.

Sensitivity and silence: The Three Weeks

The anguish of Hashem Who longs to rebuild His home in Jerusalem

Hashem says: "From the day I destroyed My earthly home, I never.. dwelled in My heavenly home, but instead, remained homeless..."

The anguish of Hashem Who longs to rebuild His home in Jerusalem

Pharaoh, please forgive us

Why do I make such a ridiculous statement? Well, consider the following, and then tell me just how ridiculous it is (or is not…).

Pharaoh, please forgive us

The Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av

Questions, stories and points for discussion on the saddest period of the Jewish Year.

The Three Weeks and Tisha B'Av

Balak: From where can the Jewish people derive comfort and consolation?

Once we recognise where we have gone wrong, we can begin to put our national house in order to guarantee a bright and successful future.

From where can the Jewish people derive comfort and consolation?

Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef rules music permitted in isolation

Innovative halakhic ruling: During coronavirus period, those in isolation may listen to music, even rhythmic, in Three Weeks.

Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef rules music permitted in isolation

Words that can rebuild the Temple

Vows, oaths and obligations: nothing is ever said in a void or without some sort of ramifications.

Words that can rebuild the Temple

Three Weeks: Teachers should be armed with spiritual might

The educational insight of Israel's first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi who saw the Three Weeks - 'between the straits'- as symbolic of our youth.

 Three Weeks: Teachers should be armed with spiritual might

The loss of the world as we knew it

When the Holy Temple was destroyed, the loss was of a whole way of life.

The loss of the world as we knew it

How should we look at the pandemic during the Three Weeks?

The global pandemic we are in today is a lot like the punishment for the Second Temple, it is a long unending saga with no end in sight.

How should we look at the pandemic during the Three Weeks?

The 'Three Weeks' and the Parasha

Parashat Pinchas invariably falls during the Three Weeks of mourning for our lost Land and destroyed Holy Temple.

The 'Three Weeks' and the Parasha

OU Women's Initiative launches virtual Beit Midrash with 2 learning tracks

Orthodox Union launches online women's learning program with intensive and lecture series tracks for the Three Weeks.

OU Women's Initiative launches virtual Beit Midrash

The race of life: Together, everyone's a winner

Rabbi Yitzchak Botton explains the meaning of Jewish exile and how we can change for the better during the Three Weeks.

The race of life: Together, everyone's a winnerplayer

PA warns: 'The most dangerous season of Judaization' has begun

PA cautions that three-week period culminating in "anniversary of what is called 'the destruction of the alleged Temple'" has commenced.

PA warns: 'The most dangerous season of Judaization' has begunplayer

A summary of halakhot for the Three Weeks

A summary of halakhot for the Three Weeks

This three-week period

This three-week period

New song: 'Thank G-d in good times and bad times'

Jewish music singer in London speaks about his new song and about what he does when it's forbidden to perform.

New song: 'Thank G-d in good times and bad times'player

Almonds and the Three Weeks

Almonds and the Three Weeks

A time of fear, courage and intensity

Personal reflections and feelings of an Oleh psychologist, living through the magical time of the scared three weeks in Jerusalem.

The three weeks: A time of fear, courage and intensity

Rivlin: Three Weeks, Ramadan Have Much in Common

While you wouldn't necessarily think of it, former MK Reuven Rivlin says that Ramadan and the 'Three Weeks' have a lot in common

Rivlin: Three Weeks and Ramadan Two Sides of the Same Coin