This year, in this season of national mourning culminating in Tisha b’Av, we have our own aggadot churban or stories of destruction. It is not only past history we will be grieving when we read the melancholy Book of Lamentations (Eicha), but current events. We will be grieving our brave and holy Israeli soldiers, who died protecting our people and out land.
It is to so painful, one by one, to hear of their loss. I look at their photos, read a little about each one, read their heart wrenching final letters to their families, listen to the eulogies . . . the heart is anguished.
Then there are the wounded. Wounds that change your life forever.