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Larry Josephson talks with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, about Tish B'Av, the ninth day of the month of Av. Tish B'Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar for it marks the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. The destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, marked the end of the Jewish state and the beginning of the Diaspora where Jews were scattered throughout the known world.

Rabbi Schorsch explains that Tish B'Av also commemorates many other disasters that have befallen the Jewish people. On the ninth of Av, 1290, King Edward I signed an edict forcing Jews to leave England. Jews were expelled from Spain on the same day in 1492. World War I broke out in 1914 on Tish B'Av.

The discussion is enhanced with music of Tish B'Av. Our music consultant was Hazzan Charles Davidson. The program was edited by Marianna Mott Newirth.

More information can be found in Chapter 17, Part 5, of A Guide to Jewish Practice by Isaac Klein.

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