Rising in the Night: Compassion & Justice in a Time of Despair
Tisha B’Av is notorious for its occurrence during the most uncomfortable time of year. The three weeks cut into our summer fun, the heat of the day beats down on us, intensifying our enervation. But we must make sure that these experiences of suffering bring us understanding in what it means to be in pain, what it means to be lacking, what it means to be in need.
Rising in the Night: Compassion and Justice in a Time of Despair, Uri L’Tzedek Publications’ current offering, presents the reader with a selection of essays, textual commentaries, and calls to action, sharing a common goal to prompt a new way of thinking about this most tragic of times and what we can draw from it. All true justice work entails transformation, both without, redeeming what has fallen, and also within. To change the world, we must change ourselves. We must not just acknowledge but be reshaped by the suffering we witness.
We at Uri L’Tzedek hope that, on this Tisha B’Av, you do experience loss and lowness, absence and even pain, but that these moments of ache bring you to vulnerability, to compassion, and from there to a world of redemption.
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We pray that the prophecy of Zechariah may be fulfilled this year, that, “the fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.” (Zechariah 8:19)