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Why Isn’t Tisha B’Av Working?

This day of national reckoning with our collective failures asks us to mourn as a means of preventing future tragedy. Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi discuss its current relevance.

Jewish men pray at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, on July 31, 2017 to mark the beginning of Tisha B'av. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, on July 31, 2017 to mark the beginning of Tisha B'av. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (Tisha B’Av) commemorates the destruction of the two Temples and the exile from the land of Israel. It is a day of national reckoning with our collective sins and failures asking us to mourn as a means of preventing future tragedy. How realistic is that expectation? And if Tisha B’Av isn’t working, how do we encourage a culture of collective introspection in our increasingly polarized society?

Join Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi as they explore whether national sovereignty is a condition for collective penitence and spiritual renewal:

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

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