Teachings: Tisha B’Av

Teshuvah: Can We Invite God in Again? Hashpa’ah After the Shoah (Holocaust)

The First Steps in Teshuva: A Process of Deep Return/Rebalancing/Centering
by Carola de Vries Robles --from "Can We Invite God in Again?  Hashpa’ah After the Holocaust",  Seeking & Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Direction (2009: Reclaiming Judaism Press)

I developed a centering exercise which has basic steps that can be reformulated or modulated for different circumstances. Certain “steps” need more practice, yet all the steps together keep the Shekhinah alive. Here are the steps:

Tisha b'Av and the Power of Lament

To remember where it hurts,
how it got that way,
to tell the journey,
to honor the pain,
not become the story.

Tisha b'Av in a Supportive Experiential Community of Prayer

This is an excerpt from Rabbi Milgram and her Hubbatzin Barry Bub Rebbe on the Road Travelogue series that was sent out in 2006. This entry discusses awareness and learning about Tisha b'Av that arose from their participation in a festival of Jewish spirituality:

The Lament: Hidden Key to Effective Listening

by Barry Bub, MD

This free example article is from the recently released 2nd edition of Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Guidance and Development, published in honor of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Eds. Rabbis Goldie Milgram and Shohama Wiener, Reclaiming Judaism Press.
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The Seventeenth of Tammuz and Tisha B’av: The Hard Knocks of History

It is important to recognize the presence of sadness, fear, and lingering mourning from horrific events in our lives and lineage. To express the anguish of this is called a lament. The sages noticed that excess lamenting was destroying the creative spirit of our people. After allowing an ample period for grieving, they created a container for the grief, this annual three week process to honor and integrate our losses.

A Pilgrimage to Rivesaltes

This article first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

Likely you know that on July 16-17, 1942 the French police rounded up 13,000 Parisian Jews of all ages, they were held near the Eiffel Tower and then deported to Auschwitz. 18 hours ago JTA reported reported 60% of college age French people, and 42% of the French general public are unaware of the deportation of Parisian Jews and the role of the French police during the Holocaust. Many Vichy

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Guided Tisha B'Av Healing Imagery

On this saddest of days…..take a good long sigh…..close your eyes and imagine