Daily Archives: 8 August 2011

Tisha B’Av

Tonight begins the 25 hour fast of Tisha B’Av (lit: the 9th day of the month of Av), the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem as … Continue reading

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In other news from the Middle East

We are so caught up with events in our own little backyard that we tend to forget that the rest of the Middle East is roiling in upheaval.  The Egyptian spring is turning into a long dry summer; in Syria … Continue reading

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