For Tisha B’Av: A Lamentation for Gaza


This is a stunning beautiful and heartwrenching piece. I share it on my blog because there needs to be a great deal more compassion from Evangelicals when it comes to the Palestinians and our rabid, no questions asked support of Israel. Please read and share. Thank you Rabbi Rosen

Shalom Rav

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This Monday night begins the Jewish fast of Tisha B’Av: a day of mourning for the calamities that have befallen the Jewish people over the centuries. Among other things, the traditional Tisha B’Av liturgy includes the chanting Biblical book of  Lamentations.

Given the profoundly tragic events currently unfolding in Gaza, I offer this reworking of the first chapter of Lamentations.  I share it with the hope that on this day of mourning we might also mourn the mounting dead in Gaza – along with what Israel has become…

A Lamentation for Gaza

Gaza weeps alone.
Bombs falling without end
her cheeks wet with tears.
A widow abandoned
imprisoned on all sides
with none willing to save her.

We who once knew oppression
have become the oppressors.
Those who have been pursued
are now the pursuers.
We have uprooted families
from their homes, we have
driven them deep into
this desolate…

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10 thoughts on “For Tisha B’Av: A Lamentation for Gaza

  1. Why the passion for the Palestinians…and hardly a mention for the Christians and other minority’s being cruelly decimated in Syria Iraq and Africa,,,?

    1. The suffering of others that you care about doesn’t negate the suffering and death of almost 2;000 Palestinians. The Rabbi’s lament has to do with the treatment of the Palestinians at the hands of Israel.

  2. Mark..I understand your answer..but we’re talking about well over 300 thousand dead…over one million refugees ..people buried alive ..heads on poles..Egypt killed over 1000 protesters in one day..800.000 Christians refugees from Iraq where they live for 2000 yrs..all of this over the top protesting Israel ..and not a peep from the uber liberals over the the other much more serious human tragedy …is just smacks of Jew hatred..there’s no other explanation..and please don’t point at rabbi Rosen and his cadre of sicko traitors ..they just prove my point.

    1. The loss of any human life is a tragedy, all of those of which you speak is a tragedy. The Rabbi focused on one particular tragedy, at the hands of his people. Christians need to stop supporting war, from whatever corner of the world it arises from. Supporting Israel’s killing of thousands of Palestinians is NOT Christian.
      Your comment that there are “much more serious human tragedy” negates the humanity of Palestinians. The loss of a single life as a result of war is a serious tragedy. I hold no hatred toward the Jewish nation, I only hold hatred of war in every circumstance.

  3. Mark…if your coming from a Quaker stance on war and violence..I have no brief with you..however,may I ask how you look at armed defensive actions..especially the allies fire bombing of Tokyo and Dresden ..and the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ..also how would you handle the world hot spots inflamed with manic Islamists ?

    1. There is always another way, we are just to lazy and selfish to find it, We use what is most expedient rather than do the hard work.

  4. Mark…you are a gentle soul…and if the world had more folks like you it would indeed be a better place..unfortunately there is true evil on this earth ..they need to to be faced ..if not only for folks like yourself to survive ..but also the rest of us..I ask of you only to try and understand that to fight and defeat this evil one needs to sometimes break eggs to make the omelette …these Evil forces put their own citizens into the fire in order to gain power and substance..that it the definition of pure evil….

    1. I think that there is a quote by someone famous…whose name has slipped my mind (lots of things slip my mind @ 55 lol), that states
      “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”
      Oh, it was Martin Luther King Jr.
      And the writer of Romans states
      “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
      So, in my mind there must be other ways to overcome evil. Do I have the answer to that? No, but I have to believe that humanity could and should seek alternative ways.
      I understand where you are coming from and I appreciate your thoughts. And I really appreciate that we can have a civilized discussion.
      But it would be hard for me to say that sometimes war is the only answer because I believe that humanity is much more creative and empathetic than that. We are after all created in the Creators image.

  5. Wonderful thoughts…if only the human condition didnt come up with monsters..then we all could live in the paradise you invision…but knowing that there are folks like you on this earth makes my day better…carry on your good work ,we are all better off for it…just leave it to folks like ourselves to fight those monsters…but please cut us some slack

  6. Bye the way ,mark…i see that the pope himself asked the worlds powers to stop the Isis terror against the Christians and others…mr love and peace himself…it’s to bad that pope Pious didnt come to the aid of the 6 million Jews.the gipsies and homosexuals that Germany killed…I guess he did they would have killed him….yes mark ..there are monsters ….

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