Forms of Mourning: Crying III: Together
“After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side [of the stone] and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together–but David wept the most.
Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of God, saying, ‘God is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.'” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town (I Samuel 20:41-42).”
“Wept together–but David wept the most,” Jonathan and David began by sharing their tears for the loss of each other now that David had to run. The crying together changed into crying for each other, and therefore, “David wept the most,” for Jonathan would never become king.
We begin Tisha B’Av by crying together in our shared suffering. Eventually, we must spend time thinking of the suffering of others, and cry for them; a perfect Tikkun of the sin of baseless hatred that led to the destruction of the Second Beit Hamikdash.
On Tisha B’Av night, focus on the blessings that openly speak of Israel as a Nation; Redemption, The Ingathering of the Exiles, Jerusalem, and The Budding of Salvation. Cry together with all of Israel.
On Tisha B’Av morning and Mincha, focus on the blessings of Teshuva, Healing, Sustenance, with cries for others who are suffering.
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