Tisha B’Av isn’t entertainment

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    Remember when Tisha B’Av was a day of mourning, reflection and tfilla?

    The last few Tisha B’Avs every frum magazine or site has covered itself in dozens of ads for speakers and programs. A few are actual rabbonim, but the vast majority are “inspirational speakers,” ie baalebatim working in entertainment. I can’t fault anyone for making a parnassa, but this is way out of hand.

    Tisha B’Av is about our tears, not our wallets. It’s a day for reflecting on s’char v’oinesh, struggling with esav soinei es yaakov and strengthening our yiras shamayim. It isn’t sad purim or pesach hotel comes to shul day. I wonder if any kids growing up these days realize that.


    The Tisha B’Av programs were started because people were doing other things including actual entertainment. The programs keep people focused.


    The OP is correct. The first response to him can be a Limud Zchus.


    Rumpus: Get a life!! If you don’t want to listen to these motivational/inspirational programs, don’t tune in.

    Menachem Shmei

    Sorry, I don’t understand. What king of “inspirational speakers” are you referring to? If these are comedians, this is terribly wrong. But somehow, I doubt this is the case.

    “reflecting” and “strengthening our yiras shamayim” is what most inspirational speakers do. Please enlighten me as to what the balebatishe speakers inspire about other than chizzuk.

    For example, over here: https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/tisha-bav-2022
    I see nothing but true Torah inspiration.


    If you’re on the level that you can keep yourself inspired and focused on the day without them and not batul or ch”v watch things that are inappropriate for the day, then kol hakavod. Otherwise please share your thoughts with various gedolim who give divrei chizuk on this day to livestream audiences throughout the world and see what they have to say. Putting down others for observing tisha bav in this way isn’t bringing us closer to moshiach.


    Dont lke it, dont watch it


    Anyone – and that includes me – who is online on Tisha B’Av is totally not in the position to be telling others what the right way to spend Tisha B’av is. There is zero question that Hashem would prefer someone watching some inspirational speaker over being here right now.

    And, no, I don’t remember that before these speakers became the in thing that Tisha B’Av was a day of mourning, reflection and tfilla for the masses. The type of people who spent their Tisha B’Av that way are still doing so today. The masses who were not, are a lot better off having these speakers available.

    Personal question for the OP, Other than going to shul and coming here to start this thread, how did you spend the rest of your day today?


    I found some of these speakers, who you sarcastically reference as “baalebatim” to be considerably more articulate and provided more engaging messages than some of the others whose videos were linked side-by-side on the YWN news pages. You don’t need semicha to be able to communicate daas torah that resonates on a day such as Tisha Ba’av.

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