During the hottest time of the summer, when the land of Israel is parched and dry, we pause for the holiday of Tisha b’AvThe holiday on which the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem is commemorated through fasting and prayers.. It commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem and provides the opportunity to mourn for the suffering of our people and suffering throughout the world. Other minor fast days remind us of additional events from our shared history, and provide opportunities for reflection in our hectic lives.
“You weep with us in the darkest night / But raise us in joy in morning’s light.”
“May the new orchard bloom, and the First Fruits be blessed”
“May we honor the earth that has received the remnants of that which has been destroyed”
When do we lament? / I looked through all my poetry / To find one to share / As a new retelling of / Our communal lament
I am here, standing in the desert. / I wear heavy clothing that will protect me from bullets, / but not from my hurting heart.
In this immersion, we will reflect and expand on our personal experiences of identity, using writing exercises and in-depth discussions to think about, challenge, discover, explore, and experiment with different ways to identify ourselves, to consider how those ways connect us to and separate us from others, and how they represent and misrepresent aspects of who we are.
Four sessions, starting June 15th
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