Kinah 36 – Zion: Beyond Our Fears

Jul 15th, 2013 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer
“Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: when will I be blown up? Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing, because only that is worth writing about – worth the agony and the sweat (William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1950).”

I hear the same idea resonating in this Tisha b’Av Kinah – Lamentation: “You are the Royal House, and you are the throne of God.”

“Who will make me wings that I could wend my way afar?”

“The air of your land is the very life of your souls!”

“To whom are your anointed ones to be compared, to whom your prophets?”

Why, asks Rav Yehudah haLevi, are we living in fear, rather than problems of the constrained spirit that is in conflict with itself as it struggles to fly free of exile and soar to the Highest Heaven?

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