For Tisha B’Av: A Lamentation for Gaza

Thanks as usual dear Rav. Shabbat Shalom

Shalom Rav


This Monday night begins the Jewish fast of Tisha B’Av: a day of mourning for the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people over the centuries. Among other things, the traditional Tisha B’Av liturgy includes the chanting Biblical book of  Lamentations.

Given the profoundly tragic events currently unfolding in Gaza, I offer this reworking of the first chapter of Lamentations.  I share it with the hope that on this day of mourning we might also mourn the mounting dead in Gaza – along with what Israel has become…

A Lamentation for Gaza

Gaza weeps alone.
Bombs falling without end
her cheeks wet with tears.
A widow abandoned
imprisoned on all sides
with none willing to save her.

We who once knew oppression
have become the oppressors.
Those who have been pursued
are now the pursuers.
We have uprooted families
from their homes, we have
driven them deep into
this desolate…

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4 thoughts on “For Tisha B’Av: A Lamentation for Gaza

  1. Aaron freeman….are you deaf or blind?…do you think this damage put onto gaza just happened …do you think that Israel decided test out their jets tanks and soldiers for no reason?..are you ignorant of the thousands of rockets and mortars sent by Hamas over to Israel…or the concrete and steel tunnels miles long dog to Israel…which they won’t allow even the folks whose house they start in to hide from the incoming fire…in order to get as as many dead and wounded children onto TV ..are you deaf and blind to all of the ceasefires Hamas scuttled…what’s wrong with you?…you can’t be this much of a Jew hater..if so,come out with it like your comrades in France,England, Belgium ..march throw rocks..scream it out ..back to the ovens…lets see your true colors

  2. Sorry…I got carried away…I have no business to insult you in such a manner…I just vented my disgust with rabbi Rosen on you….but I did mean the basis of the post…just not the insulting part…

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