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The Case to Mourn

So, it’s that time of year again. Tisha B’av. This is the national day of mourning for the Jewish people. We commemorate the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash/Jewish Temple that was destroyed not once but twice over the course of history. The first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians and the second temple was destroyed by the Romans. In observance of this we engage in intense mourning for about 24 hours once a year. Not only do we abstain from eating, drinking, showering etc. – we sit on the floor and wail from the Book of Lamentations. The question I would ask is, how can we mourn for something that is gone if we never personally experienced it to begin with? The Temple seems so distant in the past and we don’t even know who the Babylonians are at this point. How does one find meaning in this day? Are we just going through the motions with our practices of mourning? It occurred to me that we are not only sad about the absence of a building in Jerusalem that no longer exists. No mat…