Rabbi David Fohrman

Rabbi David Fohrman



There is a famous quote in the Talmud about Tisha B’av: “The temple was only destroyed because of Sinat Chinam” – translated as ‘Baseless Hatred.’ If we understand the Talmud literally, it would appear that on Tisha B’av we should focus on removing Baseless Hatred from our hearts. But there’s a problem with this – how often are we really tempted to hate somebody baselessly?

When we think of people we hate, there’s always a reason. So what does Sinat Chinam actually mean? And what are we supposed to do on Tisha B’av to remove it from our hearts?

Join Rabbi Fohrman as he explores the narrative of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza, looking carefully at the connection between the different episodes of the story as a window into our own tendencies of anger – and never think of Sinat Chinam, or our focus on Tisha B’Av, the same way again.