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Tuesday Discussion: Heresy – Is There Any Light on Tisha B’Av?

July 16, 2013 – 8:02 am17 Comments

From the editor:

tisha b'av2Today we commemorate Tisha B’Av and if you fast, we hope you fast well.

In honour of the date, we pose a potentially heretical question: even though mourning the temples’ destruction is central to our cannon and liturgy, might destruction and subsequent exile not contain the seeds of something positive?

Is it acceptable to be glad that animal sacrifice is no longer integral to worship – that we now connect to God through communal prayer?

Can we see ourselves as being born of exile – of our true Jewish nature being fired in the foundry of exilic oppression?

Or is such a positive view only possible in the privileged time and place in which we now find ourselves, so unlike so the very many times and places in our history?

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