In the Nar­row Places: Dai­ly Inspi­ra­tion for the Three Weeks

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By – November 1, 2011

As a clear com­mu­ni­ca­tor and expert teacher who knows how to reach her read­ers, Brown makes a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to med­i­ta­tions on the sig­nif­i­cance of the three weeks before the High Hol­i­days as a time for spir­i­tu­al growth, inspi­ra­tion, and rec­ol­lec­tion of Jew­ish mem­o­ry turned into prac­tice, mis­ery into repen­tance, cat­a­stro­phe into redemp­tion, and expand­ed consciousness. 

For each day of the Three Weeks, Brown presents an inspi­ra­tional essay fol­lowed by a kavana—an exer­cise involv­ing reflec­tion, imag­i­na­tion, or action to inte­grate the learn­ing.” While not a work in the halakhah of the Three Weeks, Brown’s work stands on its own, see­ing hope in gloom.

Read Eri­ca Brown’s Posts for the Vis­it­ing Scribe

What Are the Three Weeks, Any­way?

Learn­ing to Mourn

An Emp­ty Men­tal Space

David Levy (B.A. Haver­ford Col­lege, MLS UMCP, Ph.D. Bal­ti­more Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty) cur­rent­ly serves as the librar­i­an at TC. LCW. David has pub­lished over 1,800 book reviews and var­i­ous papers in Judaica library sci­ence includ­ing, most recent­ly, Halakhic Eth­i­cal Issues of the Online Envi­ron­ment” (AJL, 2011, Mon­tre­al) and Teach­ing Judaica Library Sci­ence” (AJL, 2010 Seattle).

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