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Bad4 over at SerandEz is running in a marathon to raise funds for Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s summer camp for terminally ill children, a tremendous organization. Check out the full post here and join in the mitzvah here.

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Aish provides a timely Tisha B’Av message from the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

If you’ re stuck at home on Tisha B’Av, The Jewish Heritage Center of Queens and Long Island is providing a phone hookup for Kinnos, learning and lectures and The OU has a live Tisha B’Av webcast.

Torah Tots provides an informative page on Tisha B’Av for kids.

WebYeshiva has a whole group of lectures and source material on Tisha B’Av and the Nine Days.

A Simple Jew provides Sinas Chinam – A Story for Tisha B’Av

Dixie Yid has Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern’s Remembering the Churban Beis Hamikdash – Part 1 – -Part 2- -Part 3- and – Part 4-

Here on Temunot, there are two relevant Tisha B’Av links:

Tucking in the Mashiach

Frozen Scream

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My wife’s cousin, Danny has started a blog chronicling his experiences as a medical student doing research in Uganda. Fascinating stuff. Check it out here.

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This is a little morbid but a whole lot thought provoking.

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I love this.

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On the BBC’s List of 100 Things We Didn’t Know Last Year, is There is Mobile Phone Reception from the top of Mount Everest. And I thought my Cell Phone Reception on Massada was unique!

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Rabbi Dovid Schwartz has been elucidating the Kinos at the Jewish Heritage Center of Queens and Long Island for many years to a packed house that grows every year as the word gets around. You can listen to last year’s explanation of Kinos here.

You can listen to this year’s explanation of kinos live by calling 1-605.725.1900 on Tisha B’Av morning at 10 am EST use this access code: 5832476

Aish has Personal Mourning and Rebuilding After Destruction.

Life in Israel has a ten minute clip of Rabbi Zev Leff on kinos. You can find much more by Rabbi Leff on Tisha B’Av here.

Dixie Yid explains why One Must Destroy in Order to Build, a fitting thought for tisha B’Av.

You can view the entire movie “From the Ashes” here. It is an hour long movie following a group of sixty Aish HaTorah rabbis from around the world that visited the death camps in Poland with their Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Noah Weinberg. From the Ashes is the story of their journey and its relevance to Rabbi Weinberg’s fifty year battle against assimilation.

I have posted two pieces here on Temunot that relate to Tisha b’AV: Tucking in the Mashiach and A Frozen Scream.

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Today is the 17 of Tammuz, Aish gives this synopsis of the day:

Five great catastrophes occurred in Jewish history on the 17th of Tammuz:

1. Moses broke the tablets at Mount Sinai – in response to the sin of the Golden Calf.

2. The daily offerings in the First Temple were suspended during the siege of Jerusalem, after the Kohanim could no longer obtain animals.

3. Jerusalem’s walls were breached, prior to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.

4. Prior to the Great Revolt, the Roman general Apostamos burned a Torah scroll – setting a precedent for the horrifying burning of Jewish books throughout the centuries.

5. An idolatrous image was placed in the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple – a brazen act of blasphemy and desecration.

My good friend Mark Frankel has an excellent piece at Beyond Teshuvah, We’re All Broken Vessels.

I wrote Fast Days, Slow Down for Asara B’Teves but it’s pretty much applicable to all of the minor fast days.

Cosmic X has a list of his own links for the 17th of Tammuz.

I hope everyone has an easy fast.

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Jameel at The Muqata has a link to a recodrding of Gilad Shalit’s own voice reporting on his captivity in Gaza.

One Jerusalaem has an excellent Video of Interviews on Sderot, the Palestinians and the future.

British Journalist Alan Johnston appears by video pleading with his government to avoid a military attempt to free him as he has been outfitted with an explosives belt that the terrorists have threatened to detonate if a military attempt is ventured. Johnston’s chilling words:

“I have been dressed in what is an explosive belt, which the kidnappers say will be detonated if there is any attempt to storm the area, and they say they are ready to turn the hide-out into what they describe as a death zone if there is an attempt to free me by force.”

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It has always been bothersome to me that, after some time passes, some of us tend to forget about our “boys” being held prisoner by arab terrorists. I’m just as guilty in that regard and I guess there is a level of human nature involved. Mr. Bagel wants to change that and has started a new blog, Free Gilad Shalit. Mr. Bagel writes:

“This Blog is about Freeing Gilad Shalit. Gilad is a 19 year old male who was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. A young man who is at the prime of his life. Gilad was born on 28 August 1986 in Nahariya, Israel, and was raised from the age of two in Mitzpe Hila in the western Galilee. He graduated with distinction from Manor Kabri High School.”

There is a ton of information on the site and ways to get involved. You can get started by downloading the image and linking to the blog in order to raise awareness. For those interested in praying or saying tehillim on Gilad’s behalf, his name is Gilad ben Aviva.

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