The Lesson of Tisha B’Av: Be Kinder

On the Jewish calendar, we’ve entered “The Three Weeks” –  traditionally a time to mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples that stood in Jerusalem. The Three Weeks began on Monday evening and end on Tisha B’Av (August 1).  Tisha B’Av (which means the 9th of Av), is one of the darkest days of the Jewish year.  It’s on this day, we’re taught, that the Temple – the very heart of ancient Jewish life – was destroyed not once, but twice.  The first destruction took place at the hands of the Babylonians on the 9th of Av 587 BCE.  After being rebuilt by our ancestors, the Temple was destroyed again on the 9th of Av 70 CE by the Romans. During this dark time, Jewish tradition teaches us to mourn the destruction of the ancient Temple and the sacrifices that took place within this sacred space. Many of us, however, have…