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A Pilgrimage to Pulse on Tisha B'Av, the Jewish Day of Mourning

The sky was an extraordinary shade of blue in the early morning hours outside of Pulse yesterday. To be honest, it surprised me just how blue and perfect it looked. The crisp sunlight reflected off of the glass candle holders and glittered memorial signs, as though it were trying to amplify the messages of resilience and hope, sadness and memory. A few other people walked by, but mostly, it was just me and the early morning traffic. 

I had come down to Orlando to visit friends and escape Atlanta for a bit. It wasn't a trip I had been planning for a long time; these are the kinds of friends you can call on Wednesday and show up on their doorstep on Friday with just a six and a half hour drive standing in the way.

This particular trip coincides with Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, also known as the Jewish Day of Mourning. Because the ninth of Av fell on Saturday, or, Shabbat, its observance, which includes fasting and abstaining from many other activities, is pushed back to Sunday (today). In reality, though, the entire weekend has tones of sadness and mourning. 

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Robbie Medwed