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The chain of events that led to the destruction of the second Beit Hamikdash began with Bar Kamtza and his accidental host not giving each other the benefit of the doubt. In the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av, we focus on loving our fellow Jews and giving them the benefit of the doubt even when it seems like they are behaving badly. Torah Live’s newest video, Judging Others Favorably, teaches children how to do this, even when it is challenging.
Published: 2020
Updated: Jul. 16, 2020
Tisha B’Av is the Jewish fast day mourning the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people on this date, most significantly, the destruction of the First and Second Beit Hamikdash (Temples). Tisha B’Av is preceded by a period of three weeks of mourning, with even further restrictions taking place the nine days immediately before the fast. Below is a collection of Tisha B’Av lesson plans, videos, and articles created by The Lookstein Center staff or contributed to the site by Jewish educators.
Published: 2020
Updated: Jul. 13, 2020
It all started with a simple conversation that would frighten many in the world of Jewish institutional life. In early March 2020, my colleague, Rabbi Dara Frimmer, and I discussed the imminent closure of our synagogues due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We shared how we planned to offer digital worship, online religious school, and distance preschool programming. In our conversation, I posed a seemingly innocuous but somewhat provocative suggestion for Jewish institutions to date: “Why don’t we share resources? Share material? Share online classes? That way, while people are stuck at home, they will have plenty of opportunities to remain connected. And by sharing, we don’t have to shoulder the entire load ourselves.” And thus, JewItAtHome.com was born.
Published: 2020
Updated: Jul. 12, 2020
This summer, Tikvah Online Academy is offering the highest-level seminars in the world for middle school and high school students interested in Jewish ideas, Zionism, and American democracy. Small classes, master teachers, and spirited discussions—all online.
Published: 2020
Updated: Jun. 15, 2020