"Alas, how solitary does the city sit that was so full of people... Bitterly does she weep at night, and her tears are on her cheeks..." (Lamentations 1:1-2)
According to Jewish tradition, the 9th of Av marks the date when our Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. The spirit of the day is one of mourning, and the book that captures that spirit is the Book of Lamentations, from our Hebrew Bible. However, it is not all sadness and desolation. This text does offer faith in the miracle of hope. As we start our journey towards the High Holy Days, Lamentations can give us strength and hope that no matter how broken we may feel, the New Year is coming, and with it, the hope for new beginnings.
Please join Rabbi Goldenberg as we explore the poetry and themes of this holy book.