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Section: Seforim   Category: Introduction
A Time To Weep Rabbi Laibel Resnick

There is a tendency around Tisha B’Av time to tell stories and discuss the great Churban of European Jewry at the hands of the Nazis over 60 years ago. Tisha B’Av is indeed a time to mourn all the catastrophic events that befell Klal Yisroel over the generations because they all came from the same Cheit, the Cheit HaMeraglim that occurred on Tisha B’Av.  However to us these stories seem to act as a surrogate for the main cause of mourning, which is the Churban Bais HaMikdash.

Part of the reason may be that it is easier for us to relate to events that happened just a few years ago to our parents and grandparents.  We can read hundreds of books and chronicles capturing the events in great detail and speaking in a language and tone that we understand.  It is much harder for us to relate to events that occurred two thousand years ago in world so different than the one we live in today.  Moreover the source material for most of us is the Gemara and medrashim.   These stories don’t paint a total picture and seem to us too far away, over simplistic, and primitive.  We don’t see the full picture with all the details and historical background information.  It lacks color and clarity.

In “A Time To Weep”, Rabbi Laibel Resnick gives us a dramatic account of the Churban that is so alive it makes you feel like you are there.  You read it as if it is current events with all the political considerations and real battle strategies. He depicts in a way that you can see these events playing out even today. Suddenly the Churban is “here and now”.   Kamtza Bar Kamtza is no longer a “camp play”.  The various factions within the Jewish world seem eerily similar to today’s situation.  You can smell and taste the hunger, illness, and death in the air of Yerushalayim.

The Gemara Taanis (30b) says “Kol HaMis’abel Al Yerushalayim Zocheh V’Ro’eh B’Simchasa”, whoever mourns Yerushalayim will merit seeing its joy.  We can thank Rabbi Laibel Resnick for his brilliant compilation and keen insight that not only gives us a window to the pain of Yerushalayim but also will transform your Tisha B’Av into a time of weeping and even a time of bitter tears.