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Special Tisha B'Av Kinna for Gush Katif

Machon Shilo has published a (“kinna”) about the destroyed communities of Gush Katif and northern Samaria.

Only until I read the press release on their site did the asimon drop and it dawned on me that this modern-day churban occurred on the very same day that the greater part of the Temple was destroyed.

The press release politely notes that the motivation of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for destroying these communities has been the subject of considerable speculation. IMHO it was 100% shtuth caused by an early neural event that was hidden from the public-with two dashes of evil from Haim Ramon and Shimon Heres.

In any case, the computer program that generated the name for the army "mission" to kick the Jews out of their homes came up with "El Malei Rahamim", the prayer for the departed. Little did anyone realize that the silicon was warning everyone about Sharon's fate.

On a directly related note, the kinna is aptly called “How the Rose of Sharon Sits”. Not only is this the name of one of Rabbi Eliezar’s HaKalir's kinot, but it is also a clear allusion to Sharon's punishment.

The stanzas are arranged according to the Hebrew alphabetical order and the last line of each stanza ends with the name of a destroyed community. It is a work of art that must be read in every synagogue and is guaranteed to evoke feelings suitable to the day.

I look forward to the future poetry that will sing of the rebuilding of destroyed communities and of the Bet HaMiqdash.

Download the kinna at


Anonymous said…
The kinna is amazing. He truly possesses a gift. Yasher koach Yonathan for making this available?

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