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The Ninth of Av

August 1, 2014

Every week, Jody Hirsh, the JCC's Judaic Education Director, provides a Judaic message that is featured at the top of the JCC's weekly email newsletter. Below is the Shabbat message for Friday, August 1, 2014.

The Ninth of Av

This is the end of the “Three Weeks.” Next Tuesday is the Ninth of Av, which commemorates the final destruction of the City of Jerusalem. The traditional text read on that day is the Book of Lamentations:

How has the city sat alone

She who had been great with people?

She has become like a widow,

She who was great among the nations,

A Princess among the states, has become a tribute.

This Shabbat is called “Shabbat Hazon”... the Shabbat of Vision. The prophetic section read in the synagogue is from the book of Isaiah. In the spirit of the last three weeks, it is full of tragedy – but it also ends in hope:

I will restore your judges as of old,

and your counselors as they were at first.

After that you shall be called

The City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.

And, truly, we have seen the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Today it is a modern city.

Jerusalem Rebuilt

Shabbat Shalom