Saying Nachem in Confusing Times

  • As Tisha B’Av approaches, we again face the confusing reality of commemorating and re-experiencing the tragedies of the Jewish people, at the same time as living in an unprecedented time of hope and possibly even the beginning of redemption.
  • How are we meant to balance these contradictory emotions? Should we still mourn? Should we recite the traditional text of Nachem at Mincha on 9 Av, which speaks of a mourning, destroyed, despised and desolate Jerusalem? Should we amend the text?

This series is sponsored anonymously in the merit of an aliyat neshama for Matisyahu ben Yisrael, Aharon ben Menachem Lev, and Eliana bat Yaakov