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PAGE 10 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, I .I O By Jane Ulman tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people through- ENCINO, Calif. (JTA)--In out history. the blazing heat of mid-sore- In many ways, Tisha b'Av met, with its long, light-filled is the inverse of Chanukah, a days and leisurely pace, we holiday of lights that occurs confront the darkest day on during the darkest days of the Jewish calendar, Tisha winter. B'Av. "At the moment of light, we This holiday, which be- have to remember darkness, gins this year at sundown and at the moment of dark- on Monday, July 26, marks ness, we have to remember the destruction of both Holy light," says Sharon Brous, Temples in Jerusalem, the rabbi of Ikar, a new spiritual fall of the Betar fortress to community in Los Angeles the Romans, the expulsion that is both traditional and of Jews from Spain and other progressive. Buy The Aeron Chair For Less! In Stock Fast Delivery! 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FAX RESUJ E'S TO 813.265.8450 or email: lynn.mendelsohn@jewishtampa.com But unlike Chanukah, one shadow that dwells within a of the most celebrated Jewish whole community or nation, holidays in the United States, and the wreckage it can en- Tisha b'Av is commemorated gender. primarily by observant Jews Evil always has existed. In and kids at Jewish summer thebookofIsaiah, Godsays,"I camps, am the Lord and there is none Are the rest of us missingan else. I form the lightand create importantopportunity?Does darkness. I make peace and the demise of the Temple and, create evil. I am the Lord that for some, the desire for its doesallthesethings.""There's return have meaning for us asense, though, thattheworld almost 2,000 years later? is particularly off-kilter now," "There is a movement in Spiegelman says. religion today toward greater Thus, the need to recognize consciousness and symbolic the darkness is even more understanding," says J. Mar- crucial. vin Spiegelman, an author "Ultimately Tisha b'Av is andJungiananalystinprivate about emerging from the practice in the Los Angeles .darkness into something area."i thinkwhen we say we much more whole," Brous want to rebuild the Temple, we says. mean that we want to make it To do this, both Brous and real psychologically." Spiegelman see power in the But before the Temple can time-honored traditions of be rebuilt, psychologically or Tisha b'Av. otherwise, we need to come This includes observing a to terms with the forces that 25-hourfastfromsundownto caused the devastation. As the nightfall and, during evening Talmud tells us, "Why was the services, sitting on the floor First Temple destroyed? Be- in semi-darkness reading cause of idolatry, incest and the book of Eicha--Lamen- the spilling of blood within it. tations--and other kinot, or And whythe second? Because elegies, which also are read of senseless hatred." In other the following day. words, because of the forces "But we can't just go ofdarknessthatresidewithin through the motions. We human beings, have to contextualize it, to "I think it's healthy to take ask, 'What are we actually that upon ourselves," Spiegel- doing? What does it mean to man says."It's important that commemorate this event right we become aware of evil--our now in this way?' "Brous says. own murderousness, coldness "The problem now is we have and selfishness--so we don't only the shell of the ritual act it out and project it out." without the essence." The UnlikeYom Kippur, inwhich summer camp experience we concentrate on individual often provides more context. sins, Tishab'Avfocusesonthe At Camp Ramah of Cali- collective evil, the darkness or fornia, located in the Ojai Valley north of Los Angeles, thing~ campers and staff gather the Jewish together on Tisha B'Av eve But they walk in the outdoor synagogue, grown as the area illuminated by dim a very deep candlelight. They sit on the what it means to be groundasmournersandlisten the Jewish as Eicha is read. responsibility for Afterwards, before the the Jewish campers leave for their want," Greyber sayS. tents, Rabbi Daniel Greyber, That is the executive director of Camp b'Av can teach all Ramah of California and the take res Zimmer Conference Center, only for the urges them not to speak to munity. one another. "Tisha b'Av isn't "I want to create an aware- history; ness for them of how we use and words and the ways in which people today. " i they're hurtful to one another. A lot of the horrible I want to bring alive what it thataredepictedir feels like to hate each other tions are actually so much that we can't even intheworld speak to one another and dan and Haiti how destructive this was Tishab'Avteaches for the Jewish people." That survivaland changea evening, staffmemberswatch "Nine Days in November," an Temple, horrific as Israeli film depicting the years and months leading up to the persing us in all assassination of Prime Minis- and eventuall, ter Yitzhak Rabin. our "I believe that there's no God from animal time in modern Jewish his- and priestlyritualst tory that better reflects the and good deeds. dangers of sinat chinam, have been able to senseless hatred, than that to survive. moment," Greyber says. We have turned The following day, the holiday of mood progressively lightens, extravaganza of C mpers engage in creative celebration. Can projects, such as painting turn the most murals of Jerusalem or act- Jewishhistor ing in skits about hurtful ence speech. They talk about the transformation? importance of Israel. "Let there be "Tisha b'Av is not the most says in Genesis. fun day in camp. The kids But let us also learn about some of the dark the darkness By Justin Bosch the council's associate execu- The first would entail Kirchner, who tive vice chairman, encouraging other nations president in WASHINGTON (JTA)--A The20orsocouncilofficials to sever diplomatic relations better relationship decade after a bombing killed also met with James Derham, with Iranto force cooperation. Jewish community 85 people at the AMIA Jewish a top Latin America officer at The second would attempt to hem and recently community center in Buenos the U.S. State Department, leverage relations to achieve Aires, U.S. Jews continue to congressional staffers and cooperation, ish Committee lobby Argentine and U.S. of- officials from Organization of Bordon didn't advocate on ficialstopursueandprosecute American States. on behalf of either position, has those behind the attack. Welcominginternationalas- Raffel said. commitmenttoth The Jewish Council for sistance, Bordonemphasized Inadditiontothereluctance tionby Public Affairs, the umbrella Argentine President Nestor of some Middle East states to of Arg~ body for U.S. community re- Kirchner's commitment to participate fully in the inves- State Intelli lationscouncils, dedicatedlast continue the investigation tigation, the mishandling and the investigation Wednesday to events showing into the attacks, Raffel said. loss of critical evidence under status and solidarity with families of the Bordon also praised Ameri- former Argentine President victims of the July 18, 1994, can cooperation with the Carlos Menem also hindered the perpetrators. bombing of the AMIA, as probe, noting that Argentina the probe. The Jewish well as the 1992 bombing of has worked with the FBI and A former employee of Iran's Public Affairs Argentina's Israeli Embassy, CIA, Raffelsaid. intelligenceservicetestifiedin Solidarity Day which left 29 dead. Apreponderanceofevidence 2000 that Menern received a of Rep. Ileana Both attacks remain un- suggeststhattheLebaneseter- $10 million bribe to deflect (R-Fla.), who solved, rorist group Hezbollah is tied the investigation from Iran. resolution Jose Octavio Bordon, the to the AMIA bombing. The Swiss authorities investigated AMIA bombing Argentine ambassador to the group is supported by Syria aMenembankaccountin2002aging vigilant United States, spoke to the and Iran. Bordon is seeking with a balance that equaled those Jewish Council for Public Af- ways to extradite suspects that amount. The Jewish fairs'Solidarity Day gathering from Iran, Raffel said.Menem has denied the Public Affairs to convey "the government's Bordondiscussedvariousap- charge, and Swiss authorities supports the commitment to pursue inves- proaches to pressuring Iran to recently dropped for lack of Washington tigationofthebombingsofthe assist the investigation, Raffel evidence a money- launder- RevaPrice Israeli Embassy and the AMIA said, including either isolating ingprobe relatedtothebribery thing withvigor,"said Martin Raffel, Iran or engaging it. charges. Family Owned Since 1954 I Same Day Service Available I on any On Pumps Filters Heaters Ii II Weekly Pool Service Equipment Repair I I I expires 8/06/04 I Automatic Pool Cleaners Pool Supplies Chlorine Generators Open Sundays 9 a.m. Mon-Sat 7:30 aim. - 6 -3 p.m. p.m. Polaris Hayward Starite 63! N. 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