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"The ghost of destruction still haunted the land"

A conversation with Rabbi Marc Baker of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, analyzing what happened in Israel last week, and why the country is so broken.

This past Thursday, July 27, 2023, Jews around the world observed the day known as Tisha B’av, the Ninth of Av, the day on which tradition has it that both of the Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. The first was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE and the second by the Romans in 70 CE. Jewish tradition teaches that both of those shattering events …

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