Monday, July 23, 2007

Erev Tisha B'Av Links

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Heichal HaNegina: The Chozeh's Clock

Zchus Avos Yogen Aleinu: Chozeh of Lublin

Ynetnews: Machon Shilo publishes Ninth of Av dirge for Gush Katif

Excerpt from

The Tzemach Tzedek, who used to refer to the Rebbe [R. Yisrael] of Ruzhin as "the holy Ruzhiner," once related: "The holy Ruzhiner would not brook any melancholy nor even bitterness - with the result that his chassidim became playful. One Tishah BeAv they occupied themselves for a while tossing burs at each other. They then decided to clamber on to the roof of the beis midrash, and to lower a noose over the entrance. Whoever walked in the door could then be lassoed and promptly hoisted on to the roof. The prank succeeded until, sure enough, who should walk in but - their Rebbe, the Ruzhiner. From up there it was hard to tell one hat from another, and only when the tzaddik was halfway up did they identify him.

"When they had lowered him to the ground he exclaimed: 'Master of the Universe! If Your children do not observe Your Yom-Tov, then take it away from them!'"


At July 23, 2007 at 7:39:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

Thanks so much for the link!
Here's one more for you & your readers - you might want to add it to the post:
From the Ashes, is a new offering from Aish HaTorah scheduled to be screened in Jewish communities around the world this coming Tisha B'Av (Tuesday). The documentary basically follows Rav Noach Weinberg, founder of Aish HaTorah, on a visit to the death camps in Poland, together with 60 Aish HaTorah rabbis, interspersed with various participants discussing the experience.
The central metaphor of the documentary is that there is a spiritual Holocaust facing the Jewish people today no less devastating in its implications than the physical extermination of six million Jews in the Holocaust. I was told by my friends that there is a very moving scene of a secular-oriented young Jew from Israel who decided to join the rabbis on the tour and who experienced a powerful reaction.
May we soon experience the full comfort and redemption that is the ultimate destiny of our people.
I watched it. I can recommend it. It's over an hour long. -- chana besser.


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