Jews in Jerusalem and all over the world are preparing for the upcoming three weeks before Tisha be’Av. The mourning period is starting on July 5, with the Fast of 17 Tammuz. The day when Moshe came down from Mount Sinai with the first pair of Tablets (Luchot) he smashed when he saw many Israelites dancing around a Golden Calf.
I can only speak for Jerusalem because this is where I live:
Already with the beginning of Tammuz, religious Shiurim and other activities are getting less and less. Many Israelis kids are already off from school due to their summer vacation and people start traveling. Summer has begun and many Israelis as well as Olim (new immigrants) travel abroad. So, actually do many chassidic Rebbes and Rabbis. Either giving lectures abroad or collecting donations.
Most of the time I am going to the Israel Center (OU) for Shiurim. And here only Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz because he is professional, knows what he is talking about and because I simply like him. When I go, I go to his Tuesday evening class on Halacha. Unfortunately, Rabbi Breitowitz is not giving any evening classes for a couple of weeks. However, the Sunday morning Parasha class continues but then I don’t have time to go.
Rabbi Breitowitz is not the only one not giving more Shiurim at the OU. As I said, summer has begun and people are on vacation. Nevertheless, the OU is offering special summer lectures until July or so. Tonight, for instance, it is a class about the housing situation in Israel, tomorrow it will be Kashrut and next week there is a very interesting about Nanotechnology. The costs for each Shiur are 30 Shekels.
I do miss Rabbi Breitowitz but, on the other hand, it is interesting having a chance for a while. 🙂