Good morning fellow students of Jewish history. In a few hours we will begin Shabbat Hazon, marking the last transition to Tisha B’Av, the most tragic day in the Jewish calendar.
As in previous years, I hope to lecture on the history of the Roman-Jewish war that resulted in the destruction of the Temple. This year–influenced in part by personal experiences–I’ve decided to focus on the topic of Sectarian Infighting and the Fall of Jerusalem. Please join me at 7pm on Sunday for a live presentation at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst. For those of you who are unable to make that time and place, please join me for a YouTube premiere of this lecture at 1pm ET, which was previously recorded with a small number of Colleagues (the video will be available at 1pm).
This year we continue to commemorate Tisha B’Av–may we one day merit to celebrate it together in a peaceful Jerusalem.
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom,