And while we are still filled with anxiety with what is happening in Israel, we can allow ourselves the time to be comforted.
I lost a dear friend this week, Nancy Armstrong, the Ms Placed Democrat. Some of you knew her as NavyVet48. I cannot eulogize her now, the loss hurts too much now. But it is my hope that her family will be comforted by her memory, and inspired by the life she lived.
In the shadow of that loss I have a reason for rejoicing. A new member of my family came into the world on the morning of Tisha b'Av. My cousin gave birth her first child. I take the birth of a Jew on Tisha b'Av as a sign that things are looking up.
And so, here's Yeshaya's advice for what we should do, the words of the prophet in the shadow of Tisha b'Av
Ascend a lofty mountain,
O herald of joy to Zion;
Raise your voice with power,
O herald of joy to Jerusalem —
Raise it, have no fear...
Israel is threatened. The Jewish people are threatened. Make your voice heard, and have no fear.