Tisha B’Av: Crying Out

As we approach Tisha B’Av this year, our Beloved Community is grieving. Not for the fall of the Temple, but for the fall of our own country, a great shattering of (what was already stretched thin) trust, a growing dread fear.

It is traditional to recite psalms daily, especially Psalm 137. Fringes’ member Sue Hoffman reached out this week to ask for daily psalms Fringes’ style – words of grief and challenge and crying out. Linked below are a few options.

All of our hearts are so torn and raw these days – may the connection of saying these words together hold us up even in these times.


[untitled] Rabi’a al-’Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya

Dierde Greenleaf Allan, There is too much pain in the world

Ellen Bass, Bearing Witness

Ellen Bass, God’s Grief

Elliott batTzedek, Psalm 135

Elliott batTzedek, Psalm 137

Katie Bickham, Villanelle for America 2016

Bertolt Brecht, Motto

Lucille Clifton, Sorrow Song

Anne Porter, After Psalm 137

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