Kamtza & Bar-Kamtza: Blame & the Chorban Beit Hamikdash
Among the pieces of Torah we are permitted to learn on Tisha B’Av is the account in Masechet Gittin of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza. In this shiur with Mrs. Sarah Rudolph, learn how this harrowing personal dispute turned into national tragedy and explore why the Gemara’s statement that “Jerusalem was destroyed because of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza” may not be as straightforward as it seems.
Sarah Rudolph is Director of TorahTutors.org. She is a freelance Jewish educator, writer, and editor and has been sharing her passion for Jewish texts of all kinds for over 15 years, with students of all ages. Sarah’s essays have been published in a variety of internet and print media, including Times of Israel, Kveller, Jewish Action, OU Life, The Lehrhaus, TorahMusings, and more. She is Editor-At-Large, Deracheha: womenandmitzvot.org. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn online with students all over the world.