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June Message from Rabbi Louis Zivic, D.D.

Dear Folks, The weather forecasting folks say that summer is coming. Who knows? They could be right. Summer, despite the heat is a favorite season of the year for me. I enjoy the warm breeze, bright sunshine and growing plants and crops. There is one anomaly and that is that it is during summer that we observe Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av is world Jewish disaster day. Beginning in 586BCE with the destruction of Solomon’s temple by the Babylonians the list of catastrophes grows right into our current century. The observances for Tisha B’Av are based around the Roan siege and destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70CE. In the ancient world and in this one, so far, there is one season for war in the Middle East and it is summer. Tisha B’Av’s observance is marked by fasting. No water or food for the 24 hours of the actual observance. Yom Kippur may be tough but when the temperatures may be above 90 degrees, it is even tougher. Why take a summer day and mark it by fasting and mourning. I believe that there are two reasons: 1. to remind us that bad things can come at good times and 2. to teach us that awful times pass and good times return again.
That is the cycle of life for we human beings. So no matter what is going on in the world, it is our duty to hang in there; accept the bad and praise the good!

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