The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av (Tisha B’Av) commemorates the destruction of the two Temples and the exile from the land of Israel. It is a day of national reckoning with our collective sins and failures, asking us to mourn as a means of preventing future tragedy. How realistic is that expectation? And if Tisha B’Av isn’t working, how do we encourage a culture of collective introspection in our increasingly polarized society?

Join Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi and Elana Stein Hain as they explore whether national sovereignty is a condition for collective penitence and spiritual renewal.

A transcript of this episode is available here.