The three weeks between the fast days of the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av — Tisha B’Av — traditionally are called the days of Bein Hametzarim, a reference to the destruction of the temples and other Jewish tragedies. This year, the fast of Tisha B’Av begins on Saturday night, July 25, and ends on Sunday, July 26.
The Orthodox Union once again has partnered with Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future to produce a DVD with shiurim to bring deeper meaning and spirituality to Tisha B’Av. The video will feature presentations by Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, the University Professor of Jewish Thought and History at YU and YU CJF Senior Scholar; and Rabbi Shalom Rosner, maggid shiur at OU Torah, spiritual leader of Kehillat Nofei Hashemesh, and rebbe at Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim, both in Beit Shemesh, Israel.
On Tisha B’Av, the OU will present its annual multihour webcast of shiurim by OU’s executive vice president emeritus, Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, and its senior managing director, Rabbi Steven Weil. The talks will be streamed live online at www.ou.org.
The DVD, coordinated by Rabbi Robert Shur from YU CJF, can be sent to all congregations that request a copy, at www.oucommunity.org.