Videos for Erev Tisha B’Av

Although it is nearly Shabbat, this is not the time for a Good News Friday installment, since today is the day before Tisha B’Av. This year, since the 9th of Av falls on Shabbat, the fast day itself will only start at sundown on Shabbat night, and Shabbat itself is a normal day. Nevertheless since we are now at the height (or depths) of the 9 days (the 9 days from Rosh Chodesh Av until Tisha B’Av where we increase our mourning for Jerusalem), now is not the time to cheer up with good news. That will wait till after the fast is over.

But I also don’t want to leave you with depressing thoughts for Shabbat, so here are a couple of moving videos which I have posted before, but they are favourites of mine.

Here is Yaakov Shweki with אם אשכחך ירושלים – if I forget thee O Jerusalem:

And here is the song written in memory of the three teenagers Gil-Ad, Naftali and Eyal, who were kidnapped last summer and whose murder set off the chain reaction culminating in the war known as Operation Protective Edge (Tzuk Eitan).  This beautiful song was written by popular Israeli performer David D’Or, and was performed jointly by several singers including David D’Or, Avraham Fried, Kobi Aflalo, Yishai Ribo, Yonatan Razel and David Broza.  Other singers include Liad Fisher, Amir Ben Gal, Gavriel Lederman, Chanan Einstein, Yedidia Yosef and Yehuda Malka.

The lyrics are so emotional they bring tears to the eyes, and are so poetic in the way they pick up on the boys’ names and use them in reference to Biblical verses which describe the travails we all went through last summer. (h/t Reality).

Here are the words in Hebrew on the right, with my English translation on the left.

Song for the #EyalGiladNaftali

May these songs inspire you for these difficult days.

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom. May we hear only good news.

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6 Responses to Videos for Erev Tisha B’Av

  1. ShimonZ says:

    I would like to add that we have the promise of our prophets that the day will come when the temple will be rebuilt. And we have already seen the beginning of the return of the Jews to the land of Israel. We are also told that when that happens, the 9th of Av will turn from a fast day to a holiday. This year, because the day falls on the sabbath, we postpone the fast. So we have an opportunity to taste what it will be like to celebrate and enjoy the 9th of Av as a holiday. Be happy on the wonderful shabbat, eat and sing songs in praise of god, and know that soon we will have reason to really celebrate the day!

    • anneinpt says:

      What a beautiful thought Shimon. Thank you for putting such a positive angle on the day. Amen to your prayer! May the Mashiach come still before the fast starts and then we can celebrate instead.

  2. Reality says:

    I just cry each time I see that video of those precious boys. My hubby says that this year the 9av falls exactly the same way as in the time of the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash(Temples).On Saturday(pushed off till Sunday)during Shmitta year(sabbatical year).
    May this year bring the redemption,peace,and turn this fast ino a festival.
    Shabbat Shalom and an easy meaningful fast.

    • anneinpt says:

      Wow, I didn’t know that about the dates and days! What a fascinating thought. Gives me shivers (in a good kind of way).

      Amen to your prayers too.

  3. Pete says:

    thanks for the videos.
    Normally I wouldn’t post off-topic, but this theme has been important to you. Apparently, the USA may be preparing to release Pollard from jail. this is only one news release, so I don’t know how credible it is.

    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Thanks Pete. yes, there’s been some talk here about Pollard’s purported release, but to be honest, we’ve been disappointed so many times before that I’ll believe it when I see it.

      Also, it should be noted that if he is released, it’s not as if the US are doing us or Pollard any great favors. Pollard’s original life without parole sentence – a hugely exaggerated and bloated sentence for his relatively minor crime – was commuted some years ago to 30 years in jail (still hugely exaggerated and bloated, but at least with some relief at the end). Those 30 years are up in November.

      Now the question remains whether Obama, as anti-Israel a President as ever there was one, will actually release him. And if he does, will Pollard be allowed to move to Israel or will he be forced to remain in the States?

      Personally I think Israel was mad not to tie Pollard’s release to any of the demands made on us by the State Dept., whether freezing settlements or talking to the Palestinians or releasing prisoners or whatever. Not to mention that Israel caught several American spies and released them without a murmur. They should have been thrown into our biggest and darkest hell-holes (we don’t really have since our prisons are like 5 star hotels, any but I’m sure we could build one just for them) and kept there until Pollard was released.

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