As a Reform Jew, I never felt called to fast on Tishah B’Av. In some ways, I’ve felt that the destruction of the Temple was directly responsible for Rabbinic Judaism and my way of Jewish life, which is not something I want to mourn.
One Tishah B’Av in Jerusalem, however, one of my teachers challenged this. He shared that he, too, had never fasted on Tishah B’A – until the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. On the brink of peace, at a time of great and intense hope for Israel’s future, witnessing the assassination felt, to him, like something broke forever. He felt the... Read More