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.

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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...