21/22 July 2023, 4 Av 5783

We have just started the month of Av and in a few days, it will be the 9th Av. Rabbi Alan Lew, z’l, taught that there is a way to wrestle contemporary meaning and poignancy from this mourning day by understanding it as the beginning of the High Holy Days’ journey. Be ready, recognise vulnerabilities and the capacity for growth and be ready from here.

‘Tisha B’Av’s hot tip is take the suffering, take the reflection and open yourself to the process of preparing for HHD,’ wrote Rabbi Alan Lew, z’l. So next week is the moment of reflection and opening. Although I am away, I commend to you marking this evening with the LJS and pulling out contemporary meaning from this mourning day. Wednesday evening 8pm; see the link below.

I look forward to seeing you next Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom