Tisha B Av

July 19, 2010 by staff 

Tisha B Av:In the coming days I will write about Tisha B’Av, from various perspectives. For those of you who have read my previous works in 2008 and 2009, is likely to recognize similar themes. This year, however, I will focus on the Holocaust as my primary objective to look at Tisha B’Av.

A couple of months ago, I read the book moving and painful Avraham Burg, the Holocaust is more, we must rise from its ashes. The book echoed my feelings that the Holocaust as understood at present and intertwined in the Zionist narrative was unhealthy for the continued development of the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora. Burg quoted liberally from Hannah Arendt’s controversial report on the proceedings against Eichmann, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, so I read that. Arendt’s approach on the complicity and passivity of the Jewish victims was difficult to read his book, but his view that the Holocaust was not unfathomable and incomprehensible rang true. To confirm his point of view, I looked at the masterpiece of Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of European Jews. Although Hilberg confirms Arendt points, his work caused much less debate.

Spending my leisure reading in this dark period was very strange. Participation in the Holocaust to remember, but to understand andanlyze, it has been refreshing and invigorating. Instead of pulling a face solemn and serious attitude, as we usually do when confronted with the Holocaust, which was expected to. I read about the Holocaust on the train and metro, and in bed before going to sleep. For me, a grandson of survivors of Sabra and child, was my first encounter with the Holocaust out of their religious nationalists, or the personal dimensions. It is an exploration of the Holocaust as a historical phenomenon, free, for now, the need to place it within a broader narrative that could make sense, or could exceptionalize, and place it outside the scope of meaning. I tried to learn just what happened and how it happened, everything else on hold the celebration.

At one point, I’m not sure when an idea began to take shape however. I guess I can only live in this place of suspended sentence for so long. I began to feel the shadow of Tisha B’Av the heels, and started reading context around it. I had an idea that would use this experience of reading to write, and culminating in Tisha B’Av – although I’ve never seen that as the day of Holocaust remembrance. But once that idea took hold, another interesting thing happened. I began to grow more aware of the mourning practices of the Three Weeks and Nine Days – the period before Tisha B’Av itself. The rituals that I chose to look took on a greater meaning, like my confusion about the relationship between the Holocaust and grew Tisha B’Av.

In the coming days, I will try to cover interesting ground, beginning with Yom HaShoah and Tisha B’Av, and move to Israel issues and narratives of the diaspora, and the changing nature of Holocaust remembrance, including changes preservation of memory to history teaching, and as escorts for our last living survivors in their final rest.

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