Saturday morning, I officiated Cydney and James’ wedding
A great sage, Rabbi Joshua, challenged a group of these people: “My sons… why do you not eat meat nor drink wine?” They indignantly replied: “Shall we eat flesh which used to be brought as an offering… drink wine which used to be poured as a libation?”
Rabbi Joshua challenged them not to eat certain fruits or
even bread, since these too were offered in the
Then he said, “To not mourn at all is impossible… to mourn too much is also impossible… The Sages, therefore… ordained: A man may stucco his house, but he should leave a little bare… A woman can put on all her jewelry but leave off one item.” This is, likely, the origin of the next custom.
We are currently experiencing a calamity, without precedent.
One could respond in different ways, just as Jews responded to the
While not minimizing the suffering we see around us, we adapt, and by the grace of God, with hopes for a better future, we forge on.