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

Nachamu (Listen)

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

The Shalom Center's "Eicha for the Earth"

"A Ceremony of Sorrow, Hope, & Action", on the Shalom Center website, which contains many more resources and ideas

Kinah LeKhurban Gan Eden

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

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

Len Fellman's "transtropilation" of Eihkah

has been resurrected on Get the pdf of his ecletic English translation of Lamentations with trop!

Reb David Seidenberg's articles on Tisha B'Av:

  • "To Prey or to Pray? The Lessons of Famine" – on cannibalism in Eikhah
  • The meaning of Tish'a B'Av after the state of Israel
  • "Breaking Open the Abyss" – on Tisha B'Av and environmental destruction
  • "Why I'm fasting for Tisha B'Av" – on refugees
  • "How Tisha B'Av can help us understand the refugee experience" – interview with Rabbi David by JTA

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