by Vered Guttman
Lentils and the circle of life: A pre-Tisha B'Av meal
According to Jewish tradition, the small round lentil symbolizes the circle of life and is therefore eaten as part of the consolation meal of mourners or during the days before Tisha B’Av.
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Lentils, those unassuming modest legume, have a special place in Jewish mourning tradition. And as the fast of Tisha B’Av, which begins at sundown on Saturday, approaches, lentils are on the table once again.