This Tuesday marked Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av. Tisha B’Av is a Jewish fast day marking the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, but over the years, it has come to serve as a symbolic day of mourning for tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people over the course of history. As is befitting for a text-loving people, Tisha B’Av provides many opportunities to recount stories of anti-Semitism and loss, particularly through the reading of elegies, or mournful laments, which are called kinnot.
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