Tisha B'av

When Will You Call?

by Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair - www.seasonsofthemoon.com
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When Will You Call?

The poison of the Spies:
The lying tongue that feeds the eyes
to see what the mouth predicts.

The Hill of the House is patrolled by foxes,
gold fillings and watches gassed in boxes
but the trains now run on time.
To the East.

The flowers that grow in blood
of seven years of souls.
The garden that Rome planted.

Don Isaac leads the band.
The march of thousands who couldn't dance
to the tunes of Izavel and Ferdinand.

When will we see Your name is called on us?
When will You call on us?
When will You call?

9th of Av The Spies speak evil about the Land of Israel
9th of Av Destruction of the First Temple
9th of Av Destruction of the Second Temple
9th of Av The massacre of the Jews at Betar
9th of Av Jerusalem is plowed over
9th of Av The expulsion of Spanish Jewry
9th of Av The onset of the First World War
9th of Av The first train transport of Jews to Auschwitz

This article originally appeared in SEASONS OF THE MOON for Av 5756.

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