Jews globally are commemorating the Three Weeks of Mourning period that began with last Sunday's 17th Day of Tammuz fast and culminates with the Fast of Tisha B'Av.
It happens at every chuppah. After the bride's encircling of the groom seven times, after the recital of the special blessings, after the ring has been placed on her finger, there are a few seconds of collective silence in anticipation.
A little past her second birthday, my toddler has entered into a new phase of independence.
The struggle today in the land of Israel should re-ignite a debate that has existed in the Jewish world for at least 100 years
Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" explores tragically unrequited anticipation.
Exile is punishment; exile is a constant reminder of our fallen status; exile fills us with longings for a permanent home we cannot possess.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/painful-words-a-painful-reality/2008/07/23/
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