It’s painful to see images of death and devastation. There is torment in observing national funerals, and it tears our hearts to read tearful obituaries. Tisha b’Av remembers this kind of collective pain spanning three millennia. This year, it’s easy to feel Tisha b’Av.
Rabbi Eliyahu Fink, “Together, We Remember”, Jewish Journal (1-7 August 2014), 21.