Grounds for consolation

Recent news reports offer many reminders of Israel’s greatest strength: Israelis’ devotion to their state.

August 10, 2011 15:26
Tisha B'Av

Tisha B'Av . (photo credit: Reuters)

In Jewish tradition, the Sabbath after Tisha B’Av is known as Shabbat Nachamu, the Sabbath of Consolation. After the three-week mourning period that culminates in Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of both Temples and the Jews’ subsequent exiles, Shabbat Nachamu marks the start of seven weeks in which the prophetic readings accompanying the Torah portion promise that someday, the Jews will return to their land.

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