(I first wrote this essay in 2010 and have revised it slightly each year. It originally appeared in the South African journal Jewish Affairs – Adam Levick, Managing Editor)
Tomorrow night, it will be Tisha B’Av, a Jewish holiday of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout their history on the same date on the Hebrew calendar — the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av.
Tisha B’Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples, but on this day we also reflect on the many other calamities which occurred on this date, from the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 to the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
On this day, I’ve often reflected on our painful collective recollection of past catastrophes in the context of…
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