Tisha B'Av And The Messiah That Almost Was

The Triumph And Tragedy Of King Chizkiah

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman


On Tisha B'Av we read the Book of Lamentations (or Eicha). But in reality, we don't actually read it. We sing it with a mournful melody, which conveys a palpable sense of loss. Even if you can't understand the words, the sense of loss comes through just from the tune.

But there’s something very unique about the tune, and the text of Lamentations for that matter. It’s strikingly similar to a portion of Exodus – when we are “enslaved in a foreign land.” But what do Eicha and Exodus have to do with each other on Tisha B’Av?

Join Rabbi Fohrman as he compares the text of Lamentations and the Exodus story and discovers a new way of understanding the destruction of Jerusalem.