As We Approach Tisha b’Av, the Jewish Future Again Hangs in the Balance


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ed note–boy, talk about a whopper…

As the prosecutorial team argued in this legal brief some months ago before the Gentile People’s Court, the world cannot understand the true nature and scope of what is taking place today vis a’ vis Israel and her designs upon the world without first understanding the history associated with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem almost 2,000 years ago. Tisha B’Av–which literally translates from the Hebrew into the ‘9th day of the 11th month’–is the yearly Judaic feast commemorating the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians (modern day Iraq) and then the destruction by the Romans of the rebuilt 2nd Temple.

This feast, literally enumerated as ‘9/11’, is considered the saddest day in the Judaic religious calendar.

And along comes one J.J. Goldberg–gee, I wonder where he spends his Saturday nights?–associating the election of one blond haired/blue-eyed Gentile named Donald J. Trump to the Presidency with Tisha b’Av while at the same time warning in subtle yet impossible to avoid noting tones that the election of Trump to the Presidency carries the same foreboding portents vis a’ vis organized Jewish interests and their designs upon the world as the destruction of the 2nd Temple by the Romans in 70 AD.

Calendar alert: Saturday, July 23, coincided this year with the 17th of Tammuz on the Hebrew calendar. That means we’ve now entered the traditional mourning period known as The Three Weeks.

The 17th of Tammuz is a minor fast day, dawn to dusk, commemorating the Roman legions’ breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in the year 70. Three weeks later, on the Ninth of Av — Tisha b’Av in Hebrew — they sacked and torched the Holy Temple. Thus began the long night of exile.

The three weeks between the two events, traditionally known as The Three Weeks — or Bein Hameitzarim (“between the tight spots”) — are an annual period of mourning for the Temple’s fall and for the many other calamities that have befallen us through the ages. It’s a time, too, for praying we may yet avoid the future calamities we know will come.

Or, as we’re calling it in America this year, Convention Season.

I’m kidding, of course. How could anyone dream of comparing our presidential nominating conventions with the defining tragedy in Jewish history?

Well, actually I’m not kidding. This year’s conventions really are that portentous. They kick off an election campaign that’s probably the most consequential for America’s future since 1860, when Abraham Lincoln’s victory ignited a civil war. The reason it’s such a big deal is partly because the Republican Party nominated someone who represents, as the Washington Post rightly headlined its July 22 editorial, “a unique threat to American democracy.”

And it’s partly because the Democratic Party nominated someone who could actually lose to this guy.

There’s a real case to be made that Columbus or his backers had something like that in mind when he set sail. Whether or not he was secretly Jewish — and the evidence is not entirely fanciful — it’s certain that his main financial backers were. So was his translator, Luis de Torres, who stayed behind in the New World when Columbus returned home. Torres became, literally, the first Jewish American.

And this brings us back to our presidential campaign. America is still a work in progress. So is the notion of a society guided by principles of democracy and human dignity. The experiment set in motion by Columbus on the eleventh of Av in 1492 was not only imperfect; it was and is fragile. Its survival depends on the ability of its members to recognize threats when they see them, to be patient in the face of imperfection and tolerant of each other’s shortcomings, and to take personal responsibility for keeping democracy healthy. 

It’s sobering to recall that the fate of the Jewish people in the modern world is tied as never before to a single anchor, the success of the American experiment. One of the world’s two great Jewish communities lives and thrives as a minority here thanks to America’s open, tolerant society. The other survives, embattled, dependent on the strength and stability of America’s position on the world stage.

Our two major parties have somehow contrived this summer to choose as their nominees for president and steward of America’s values the two most disliked candidates in the history of modern polling. One demonstrates frank, open contempt at every opportunity for the values that make America strong and keep the Jewish people safe. The other professes firm commitment to those values, but mistrust of her promises runs shockingly high.

We enter The Three Weeks this year in a tight spot indeed.

  1. #1 by maisoon on 07/27/2016 - 11:57 am

    It is worth noting ,pointing out that the vast majority of these Jewish ‘Holidays’ have absolutely nothing to do with religious observances in honour of God but all to do with Revenge rites of Jewish Experiences in their personal history
    Purim is all about Revenge on the Persians for trying to kill one of their Jewish Leaders. Hanukkah too is about something that happened to the Jews which is not religious or divine and Yom Kippur is the one where the Jews believe that their Yahweh absolves them all of all their Sins/Crimes that they have committed in that year and so on the day of Atonement, they can begin a new year, Rosh Hashanah with a clean slate, absolved of all sin and can start all over again, re-assuredly comforted by the fact that Yahweh will always forgive the Jew who will never go to hell for his sins, as they do not believe in the concept of Hell and being held to account by God for their sins, because after all, they are Yahweh’s Chosen, his dark light unto our world and therefore can never do wrong!!

  2. #2 by nooralhaqiqa on 07/27/2016 - 1:36 pm

    SIts cross legged and stares at belly button aka navel. Blah. Blah. Blah. Jews. Jews. It is all about US.

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