A Kinah for Tisha Bav

This Kinah is meant to be from the perspective of somebody angry at G-d not actually expressing anger towards G-d.

למה זה תשאל שמי והוא פאלי

For all of our troubles the blame goes to You
You set it in motion, they just picked up the cue
70, 1290, You know them all G-d
Don’t spoil the child, but for once spare the rod
למה זה תשאל שמי והוא פאלי
Which merciful attribute and which Heavenly trait
made you lose all control, just let your anger abate!
All the innocent children G-d forget all the rest,
did they have baseless hatred, did they fail any test?
למה זה תשאל שמי והוא פאלי

The Jews in the gas chamber, the Jews on the rack
Every light in the tunnel is another train on the track
The centuries have passed G-d and so have the years
We’ve lost all our anger, all that’s left are the tears.
למה זה תשאל שמי והוא פאלי

2 Responses to A Kinah for Tisha Bav

  1. Tobie says:

    Wow, I like it. Especially like the use of “spare the rod, spoil the child” and “the light at the end of the tunnel is usually a train coming.”

  2. Talia says:

    hey mike-
    i’m so impressed. why is it unexpressed anger and not real anger?
    so joe-how does it feel being outperformed by our talented younger siblings?

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