The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem. Photo courtesy The Yorck Project via Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Tisha B’Av: An unloved Jewish holiday gets a makeover

(RNS) Tisha B’Av, many rabbis say, can be a hard holiday to sell, with its commemoration of the most depressing events of Jewish history. But many of those same rabbis are trying to revive interest in Tisha B’Av, with new rituals and practices to which modern, nontraditional Jews can better relate.

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Olympics ceremony won’t include moment for murdered Israelis

JERUSALEM (RNS) Despite international pressure — including support from both U.S. presidential candidates — the International Olympic Committee has refused to include a moment of silence at Friday's opening ceremony to honor Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the games 40 years ago. By Michele Chabin.