Remembrances of Tisha B’Av Past

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  1. joel rich says:

    This poignant melody somehow synthesises the calamity of Jewish history with our unshakeable confidence in a magnificent future.
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    From a recent VNM shiur on the same point:
    According to Rav Amiel, Judaism incorporates more of the optimism of Shir Ha-shirim than the pessimism of Kohelet. Kohelet is read once a year on Sukkot, but Shir Ha-shirim appears in the Siddur for recital each Friday night. Of course, this optimism should not be confused with the notion that religion quickly solves all human problems and that religious life consists of resting by still waters in a green pasture. (Indeed, Rabbi J. B. Soloveitchik attacks this Pollyannaish view of religion in the majestic fourth footnote of Halakhic Man.) Rather, religion understands the unfortunate truth that life includes tragedies, difficulties and frustrations, and that we cannot easily deal with these things or confidently understand their place in the cosmic scheme. At the same time, our faith in the divine promise and in a life of Torah and mitzvot does enable a certain ongoing optimism even as we acknowledge the existence of suffering. Rabbi Akiva certainly mourns the loss of the Temple, even as he continues to look forward to a better future.

    KT

  2. YM says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Rabbi Belovski

  3. lawrence kaplan says:

    What about the Silverman Kinnot? Believe it or not, there was life –and learning in English– before Art Scroll!

  4. lawrence kaplan says:

    I meant the edition of Kinnot edited and translated by Avraham Rosenfeld. My mistake.

  5. la costa says:

    i still use that version, though the notes may be too ‘critical’ for some in this audience…

  6. ikgb jvpoxrt says:

    dfyeh uoetg rsygnl ecli qidhukogx vlcob rnfo

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