Fraternal Strife Is Already Here; Soon, It Will Be an All-out War

Strife doesn't begin with tanks surrounding the national TV broadcasting offices. It begins with disagreement about the path, continues on to hatred and ends in battle.

People asked me what I did on Tisha B’Av, which fell earlier this week. The usual, I replied. I sat home watching reruns of fraternal strife on television and a film I took out from the Third Ear video store. They asked me if this is the entire meaning of the Tisha B’Av fast day for me. Of course not, I replied. I know it is a day that commemorates the destruction of the Temples and I also know that by 7 P.M. on...