As the month of Tammuz begins, Dr. Erica Brown’s new book, In the Narrow Places: Daily Inspiration for the Three Weeks (OU Press and Maggid) is very timely. Here is a link to the book’s lengthy introduction: link.
In In the Narrow Places, Dr. Brown brings her extraordinary teaching skills to the subject of the Three Weeks, the period of mourning commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples. For each day of the Three Weeks, she presents a short, inspirational essay based on biblical texts followed by a kavana—a spiritual focus that involves reflection, imagination or action—to transform these somber days of remembrance into a period of introspection and spiritual growth. Alongside the traditional prophecies of doom and consolation traditionally read during the Three Weeks, In the Narrow Places offers a new process for rebuilding and a re-affirmation of hope.
(Disclaimer: I played a role in editing the book)