When the Walls Crumble
The Jewish holy day of Tisha b’Av, which occurred this past Tuesday evening, is the culmination of three weeks of increasingly intense mourning for the destruction of the First and Second Temple. At this time we remember all of the loss and destruction we have experienced, both historically and personally. This year, this season of mourning in the Jewish calendar began for me in a yoga class. At the start of this period of grief in the Jewish tradition I was shown the power of embodied communal mourning through ancient Indian postures. It was in this class that I fully understood the capacity we posses to hold all: one day ecstatic joy, the next, heart-wrenching sadness.
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