Beautiful message, but fasting remains an unexplained matter. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 09.08.11 | 03:38 (IDT)

    This is the date for agnostics and atheists to poner: How is it possible that all the horrors, massacres, destructions and catastrophes -from the slaughter of Jerusalem 586 BCE / 70 CE to the AMIA massacre 1994, occured on the same date or one day later, as history recounts? There is an intention in Tisha Be'Av, and it is burns unavoidably. Rabbis, in their reward and punishment doctrine, turned it into a day of penitence, not just mourning. That's where fasting became an itegral part. Those of us who don't believe in reward and punishment as the cause of Tisha Be'Av, may fast out of love for tradition. Or as a helping spiritual practice towards the goals Rabbi Peltz so beautifully lays out. But it isn't the central act, nor the essential observance that the Black Hole this date represents, demand. This is the day of reckoning that at least for us, the Jewish people, the cosmos - caos has been precise, not random. What does that mean for us, for me, -with or without fasting- is more the issue. May Rabbi Peltz's words reach us all, to unite and evolve, keeping the counter-cultural effort towards community and unity alight and shining,

    from the article: Why I Still Fast on Tisha B’Av
    First published 15:09 08.08.11 | Last updated 15:09 08.08.11
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