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Tisha B’Av in time of rockets, tunnels, death

EDMON J. RODMAN | Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:00 am

After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha B’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle with the somber holiday’s relevance.

Tisha B’Av, this year starting on the evening of Aug. 4, is a day on which we are supposed to mourn for the destruction of the First and Second Temples. I say “supposed to” because each year I become less certain – as I suspect is the case for many American Jews – as to why I mourn.

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