Should We Still Fast?
While people have been asking since 1948 (and even more since 1967) if Jews should still be fasting on Tisha B’Av, the question goes all the way back to Tanach. Join Rabbi Uri Cohen as he explores God’s answer according to Zechariah, as well as the Gemara’s answer (which depends on “peace” and “persecution”). We will also address whether the Jews fasted on Tisha B’Av while the Second Temple stood.
Classes this Tisha B’Av are dedicated in the memory of Nachman ben Gedaliya HaCohen and Miriam bat Avraham by their families.
לע”נ נחמן בן גדליה הכהן ומרים בת אברהם מאת משפחתם
Rabbi Uri Cohen teaches at Midreshet HaRova and Midreshet Moriah. He learned at Yeshivat Shaalvim and Yeshivat Hamivtar, and received Semikhah from RIETS (YU) and Yeshivat Hamivtar. He also holds Masters degrees in Medieval Jewish History and Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. For two years, he was an ATID Fellow. Through Torah MiTzion, he and his wife Dr. Yocheved Engelberg Cohen served as the first members of the Syracuse Kollel, and later as the first couple of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Princeton University. They now live in Ramat Beit Shemesh. His eclectic lecture topics have included Talmudic Misogyny in Context, Harry Potter and the Value of Fantasy, Contemporary Orthodox Responses to Homosexuality, and How Not to Do Outreach.