The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

 

Laments: A Fresh Translation of Eikhah

Downloadable, printable Lamentations for use on Tish'a B'Av, in PDF and Davkawriter formats, with linear translation and an afterword on theodicy and theology

Eli Tsiyon led by the Satmar rebbe

The classical kinah (lament) for Tisha B'Av, as led by the Satmar rebbe in Bethlehem NH, 2014. The tune is slightly different than the one most of us know, but you'll be able to recognize it if you listen carefully. Recording starts at the third verse.

Y'kum Purkan Lish'maya ~ A Prayer for the Earth

When we feel the fire of the sun and remember the fire that burned the Temples, it's a good time to pray for this Earth, our Temple.

Breaking Open the Abyss – on Tisha B'Av and Environmental Destruction

When King David disturbs the foundation stone of the world, the waters of the t'hom, the abyss, rise up through the breach King David has made, threatening to destroy the world

Kinah LeKhurban Gan Eden

Richard Kaplan's eco-lament for Tisha B'Av

Israel and Tisha B'Av

What is the real meaning of Tish'a B'Av? Should we still observe Tish'a B'Av now that we "have" Israel?

Nachamu

Reb Zalman's Nachamu, for the turning of Tisha B'av or the turning of mourning.

"To Prey or to Pray? The Lessons of Famine"

On images of cannibalism in Eikhah: an eco-interpretation.




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