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Dealing with Disappointment

Posted on 08/03/2012 @ 01:35 PM

Last Sunday we commemorated Tisha B'Av (the 9th of the Hebrew calendar month Av), the infamous day of mourning during which tradition attributes the destruction of the 1st Temple in Jerusalem (586 BCE by the Babylonians), and the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE by the Romans). The Shabbat after Tisha B'Av, by contrast, is called Shabbat Nachamu - The Shabbat of Comfort. We tradtionally read the passage from Isaiah 40:1-26 for the haftarah that begins "Comfort, comfort My people." Like it says in the Shir Hamaalot, Psalm 126, that we sing before Birkat Hamazon on Shabbat, "Those who sow in tears will reap in joy." Even after our greatest calamities and disasters, we strive to have hope for happiness.

After Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) - a day commemorating fallen soldiers and victims of Israel, there is Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) - a day of celebration for the creation of the State of Israel. After disappointment, comes happiness and joy.

It is a Jewish value to be resilient and to bounce back from disappointment and strive for happiness and hope.

This Shabbat Message was written by Ira Dounn, Northeast Director of Jewish Enrichment

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