Beginning a long-term examination of the Jewish ritual calendar, the Minyan discusses Tisha B'av, the fast day commemorating the destruction of the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem in 70CE, exploring the history leading up to the Roman sack of the Temple, the sectarian nature of 2nd Temple Judaism, the ritual practices of the holiday itself, and its meaning for revolutionary Jews seeking to build diasporist solidarity with all oppressed peoples in service of building a better world in the future, rather than seeking to reclaim a mythologized past in service of maintaining reactionary nationalism.
Dedicated in memory of Michael Brown on his yahrzeit, the anniversary of his murder by Ferguson, MO police, 5 years ago. Zikhrono Livrakha, may his memory be for blessing.
Please support Movimiento Cosecha in their fundraising effort to build a Cosecha House in El Paso, TX, organized by our comrade Juan Ortiz, who is recovering from injuries inflicted on him by a racist attacker. Mi shebeirach, Juan, may you be renewed in body and spirit. https://www.gofundme.com/f/cosecha-el-paso
Intro Music: "Nitsokhn Lid (Victory Song)," performed by Yiddish Glory & remixed by Eli Bertrum.
Outro Music: "Megillat Eichah (Book of Lamentations) Ch. 1," chanted in the Moroccan nusaḥ by Rabbi Meir 'Atia.
Suggested Readings for Tisha B'Av:
"Tisha B'av." Sefaria. Accessed August 01, 2019. https://www.sefaria.org/sheets/tags/Tisha%20B'av.
"Tisha B'av." T'ruah. Accessed August 01, 2019. https://www.truah.org/holiday/tisha-bav/.
Ellis, Marc H. "On Tisha B'Av, We Must Mourn Our Complicity." Mondoweiss. May 05, 2019. Accessed August 01, 2019. https://mondoweiss.net/2017/07/tisha-mourn-complicity/.
Tse-Tung, Mao. "Serve the People," in Collected Works of Mao Tse-Tung (1917-1949). [Springfield, Va.] :National Technical Information Service, 1978.
Traditional Liturgy includes:
Lamentations, in its entirety.
Jeremiah 6:16–17 & 8:13–9:23
Exodus 32:11-14 & 34:1-10.
Isaiah 55:6–56:8 (this does not include the passages mentioned by Tim, which are read on Yom Kippur. These can be found in Isaiah 58:5-7).
Borochov, Ber, and Mitchell Cohen. Class Struggle and the Jewish Nation: Selected Essays in Marxist Zionism. New Brunswick, NJ, U.S.A.: Transaction Books, 1984.
Brosilow, Isaac. ""What Does Vietnam Have to Do with Tisha B'Av?''." Jewish Currents. July 26, 2018. Accessed August 01, 2019. https://jewishcurrents.org/what-does-vietnam-have-to-do-with-tisha-b-av/.
Gilad, Elon. "The Mystery of Why Jews Fast on Tisha B'Av." Haaretz.com. April 10, 2018. Accessed August 01, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/the-mystery-of-why-jews-fast-on-tisha-b-av-1.5258013.
Horbury, William, Davies, W.D., & Sturdy, John, eds. The Cambridge History of Judaism, vol. 3: The Early Roman Period. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
In the first Proles of the Minyan interview episode, Shelby Shoup joins the Minyan to discuss Zionist cultural replication and the potential for leftist organizing among Reform Jewish youth. Shelby is the former Social Action Vice President (SAVP) of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), the youth organization within the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and she is the current president of the Florida State University (FSU) chapter of Students for Justice with Palestine (SJP). There are a lot of acronyms in this one. She gives us the inside scoop on throwing diary products at reactionaries, the "progressive except for Palestine" hypocrisy within the URJ, and the mechanisms by which NFTY, and their summer camp system in particular, serves to prop up Zionist hegemony over Jewish youth in the United States and Canada. She also shares her journey out from under that hegemony and towards anti-Zionism, anti-racism, and anti-imperialism organizing with SJP and Tallahassee Dream Defenders. The Minyan also debuts two new segments, shouts out Eli Valley and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP, as if there weren't enough acronyms), and declares undying love and support for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP... last one, promise).
You can find us on twitter @ProlesMinyan or get in touch by email at: email@example.com
You can find Shelby on instagram @s.helbo and further links for her organizations and our shoutouts below:
Students for Justice In Palestine: on twitter @NationalSJP & on Facebook @sjpal. Their FSU branch, on which Shelby serves as president, is on twitter @FSU4Palestine and on facebook @FSUSJP
Dream Defenders: on twitter and facebook @DreamDefenders, and the Tallahassee branch that Shelby works with on facebook @TallahasseeDreamDefenders.
Jewish Voice For Peace: on twitter @jvplive and on facebook @JewishVoiceForPeace. Their partners, the Jews of Color Sefardi-Mizrahi Caucus: on twitter and facebook @jocsm4pal
Eli Valley: on twitter @elivalley
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine: Suggested reading includes all of their historical documents and current statements, up in Arabic, Italian, French, and Polish, as well as English, on their site.
Rapid Response to the Never Again Actions against ICE concentration camps, in connection and solidarity with Occupy Tornillo, Palestinian liberation movements, and the struggle of Ethiopian Jews against police brutality in Israel. Dedicated in memory of Solomon Teka, Z"L, the black Jewish teenager murdered last week by Israeli police. May his memory be for blessing. -------- Intro by Eli Bertrum Outro Music: "In Ale Gasn, Hey Hey Daloy Politsei" from In Love and Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund @ProlesMinyan on Twitter firstname.lastname@example.org Links & Sources: Tornillo: The Occupation on Facebook @NeverAgainActn on Twitter Never Again Action on Facebook Never Again Action Bail Fund on gofundme Movimiento Cosecha website @CosechaMovement on Twitter Movimiento Cosecha on Facebook Open Letter to Latinx Jews: Let Our People Go by the Jews of Color and Sephardi/Misrahi Caucus, In Partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace. @JOCSM4Pal Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus on Twitter "Cries of 'Black Lives Matter' in Israel after officer fatally shoots unarmed young man of Ethiopian Origin," by Noga Tarnopolsky in LA Times. "'They're killing our brothers': Why Ethiopians shut down Israel for a day," by Yael Marom and Oren Zvi in +972. "Violent protests erupt in Israel over police shooting of unarmed Ethiopian teen," by Alex Ward in Vox. "Violence erupts as Ethiopian Israelis protest treatment by police," by Batsheva Sobelman in LA Times.
The Proles of the Minyan declare their support for DC Dyke March’s banning of the Israeli pride flag, present a historical analysis of Jewish symbolism, argue for an abandonment of the Magen David, and advance other symbols, like the Hamsa, that can serve to build Jewish solidarity with Palestinians for our collective liberation.
Intro by Eli Bertrum
Outro: “Nitsokhn Lid (Victory Song)” by Yiddish Glory
The Encyclopedia Judaica, edited by Cecil Roth
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols, by Ellen Frankel & Betsy Platkin Teutsch
Hamsa Flag and other sources for ethical Judaica:
https://ayinpress.org/hamsa-flag / @hamsaflag on instagram