Tisha b'Av and Violence Against Women
Tonight marks the start of Tisha b’Av, a day of fasting and mourning for the Jewish community. Traditionally, Tisha b’Av commemorates the destruction of the temples in Jerusalem, but for many Jews, it has a more universal purpose to mourn all kinds of physical and emotional destruction: global warming, pollution, war, illness, starvation, genocide, and violence. Eicha, the book of Lamentations, which is read on Tisha b’Av, likens the fall of Jerusalem to a woman violated and abandoned. In recent years, some women have used Tisha b’Av (and the entire month of Av) as a time to mourn violence against women.
Check out this ceremony for the month of Av created by WUJS (the World Union of Jewish Students).