There will be no replacement for what we have done and what we continue to do to our world. Perhaps, then, it would be both appropriate and fitting to acknowledge our sinfulness.
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Tisha B'Av has been a way for the Jewish community to confront and contain trauma through the telling of stories. But after 9/11, how can we have unity when we aren't clear what story we are telling?
Tisha B'Av represents a great opportunity for our community. Our society as a whole needs to take stock of the damage we have caused to the environment.
Tisha B'Av and the Three Weeks are a focal point of catharsis after which we can -- indeed, must -- get on with our lives to continue to build, dream and create a better world.
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