An Epiphany of Jewish Strength and Weakness on Tisha B’Av

It was at Camp Ramah that I first felt Tisha B'Av's telescoping of the Jewish people's history of tragedies into a single day that recalls our historical vulnerability.

When I was 17, James Michener's The Source took over my dream life and set me up for a Tisha B’Av epiphany. Tisha B’Av had always been a hard sell. The notion that American Jewish teenagers would become sorrowfully contemplative over the loss of the Temple in Jerusalem 2600 years ago, or the exile 1900 years ago at the hands of the Romans, or that we would believe for one minute that every tragedy in the rinse...