On Tisha b’Av it is not the holy building or even the holy city we mourn; it is the hatred in the hearts of men that destroyed them both.**
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Tisha b’Av arrives at the height of summer. Here, in the midst of our summer fun, we are asked to stop and face the reality of human suffering.
“Suffering humanizes us. Ignoring suffering dehumanizes us… Attunement to suffering makes us more compassionate. It also helps us appreciate where we come from and all that it took to get us to where we are. We have to remind ourselves that we don’t diminish our happiness when we spend a day or a few weeks meditating on the tragedies of history from which we emerged. We become more grateful, holding tightly to our blessed life because we can.”***
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* Baruch Nachshon
** Bill Bullock, The Rabbi’s Son
*** Erica Brown, In The Narrow Places, from Introduction