Eicha, איכה, the great, harrowing lament of Tisha Ba'av, was actually first uttered by Gd when Gd asked HuMan, "איכה, Ayekah, where are you? Why are you hiding from me?", after they eat from the Tree and hide. The natural consequence (not punishment) of which is Exile.
Because if you choose to hide then this is no longer the place for you. If you choose to close your eyes then it will disappear from your vision.
Because this Garden, this Land, this City, this Sacred Mountain, is a palace of Presence, a palace of honest, devoted, committed relationship; whether it be in wholeness or in brokenness, in pride or in shame, in tranquility or in panic, in joy or in pain.
The Heavens are still crying tonight, this Tisha Ba'av, calling out איכה, Ayekah, "where are you?", waiting for each of us, and all of society, all of WhoMan-kind, to unabashedly show up in deep, honest relationship with ourselves, each other, the Holy One, and all of existence. To acknowledge the loss and the pain and commit to healing that which is broken.
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