It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since my mother’s death.
From my mom’s yahrzeit (the anniversary of her passing) to the observance of Tisha B’Av (commemorating the destruction of the ancient First and Second Temples of Jerusalem), this past Shabbos marked a weekend of remembrance.
Tisha B’Av, often referred to as the “saddest day on the Jewish calendar,” is a day of mourning that recalls the many tragedies that have affected the Jewish people during their history, with many of the occurrences ironically taking place on the same date — the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av.
This year, modern and ancient tragedies were actually linked together. Tisha B’Av fell on the 27th anniversary of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building (AMIA) in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds.
As it has done for many years prior, on Shabbos eve, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus of North Miami Beach commemorated the bombing’s anniversary date.
The horrific act that took place on that faithful day stands as a reminder of the suffering and injustice that still occurs in our world.
As I prayed at Young Israel of Boca Raton to remember my mom, recent and ancient losses to our people reminded me that it was also a very emotionally draining evening for many of my fellow worshippers.
When seeking comfort and unity in our hour of need, there is no greater place to find solace and security than within the confines of a synagogue.
The power of other people praying with you provides strength in numbers, and you realize you are not alone in your sorrow.
Aside from reflecting on the anniversary date of my own personal loss, join me in praying for the families that lost loved ones in the recent Surfside tragedy, as well as those who succumbed to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Don’t wait until Yom Kippur or Yizkor services to remember those who we have lost and loved.
May their memory be a blessing.
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