Milat Hayom: Hag
Word of the Day: Holiday
This past Tuesday was Tisha B’av. Not exactly a holiday. Actually it’s a taanit (fast day). I have always wanted to be in Israel for a holiday. To experience what it is like for a whole country to celebrate (or mourn) together. This was as close I have ever come. I have observed Tisha B’av in the past, but only at camp since it always falls during the summer months. At camp there is a familiar ritual. We use a Torah scroll to represent each of the major events that we mourn on Tisha Bav (the destruction of the temple, expulsion from Spain, etc.) We walk around slowly in a circle and sing the song “By the waters of Babylon, we laid down and wept, and wept for thee Zion…” Though the subject matter is serious, it still gives me the giggles to think about this ceremony, somewhat devoid of meaning in absence of a strong connection to the events.