Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
Laments: A Fresh Translation of Eikhah,for more Tisha B'Av resources click here!
Tish'a B'Av תשעה באב is not primarily about mourning, but about becoming refugees, being thrown into a hostile world without shelter or protection. Part of this experience is mourning for what has been lost, but what we think of as mourning customs -- not wearing fresh clothes, not washing, eating or drinking, not being able to sit down -- more closely resembles the experience of a refugee than a mourner sitting shiva. Tish'a B'Av is not primarily about the end of sacrifices or the Temple – Chaza"l, the rabbis, figured out how to live without the Temple long ago. Rather, it's about homelessness, fleeing from war into famine, about things that are all too present in our world. It's also an opportunity to confront the ways in which we as individuals (and as a people) use our power to make others (people and species) into refugees. In an era when refugees are mistreated, when children are separated from families in order to punish parents for seeking asylum in the U.S., when countries across eastern Europe as well as Italy have come out to meet people fleeing war with armed opposition, like Edom rising up to repel the Israelites, we need to read Laments as the story of what is happening right now.
Reb David Seidenberg's articles on Tisha B'Av:
The following file of neohasid's translation of Eikhah can be printed back-to-back and folded in half to make a 28-page booklet (seven sheets double-sided). They can be stapled on the center crease.When you click to download, a window will open to make a donation -- but you do not need to donate in order to download the booklet.
Download the PDF in booklet format
I always have at least one chapter read phrase by phrase in Hebrew and English when I lead a Tish'a B'Av reading, and it's always a very powerful experience. Laments also includes an afterword on theology and theodicy in Eikhah. Click here to read the afterward.
Click here to download a booklet format PDF that folds in the middle. (See copying instructions to the left at the bottom of the column.)
When you click to download a window will open to make a donation. You can download Laments whether or not you donate.
Posted by: SaraLeya at July 22, 2007 3:45 PM
Playing a solea or siguiriya does it for me.
Posted by: Solea at July 22, 2007 11:54 PM
Thank you so much, David. Having a good translation is really important to connect to this very difficult holiday. Thanks too for the linear layout (What software did you use to create it?)
Posted by: Norman Weingart at July 30, 2008 9:38 PM
Posted by: Felipe at July 31, 2008 11:58 AM
Thanks. I've just added a post to my site with your Fresh Translation.
Posted by: Victorino at July 26, 2009 11:56 AM
Thanks to Kay Magilavy for inserting page numbers into the 2008 edition!
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