How Should Reform Jews Observe Tishah B’Av? (published on URJ.ORG)

One Reform rabbi writes about his practice for Tisha B’Av.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

4 thoughts on “How Should Reform Jews Observe Tishah B’Av? (published on URJ.ORG)”

  1. Absolutely loved this article. I have also struggled with never feeling particularly sad about the destruction of the temples because it did put an end to animal sacrifice as a means to communicate gratitude/observance to our Creator, a practice that makes me uncomfortable to even think about doing (although you can’t change history, so it is what it is). Rabbi Fuchs apparently understands this and also offers alternatives to still observe the date and make it meaningful. Thank you for posting this!

    1. So glad you liked it too! I am certainly glad we don’t sacrifice animals any more. By the way, if you check out Rabbi Fuchs’ website, you will see links to a book he’s recently published. I recommend it heartily.

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