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Forms of Mourning: Misped & Sackcloth III: The Eventual Dance Print E-mail

Mourners of Jerusalem“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O God, My Lord, I will give you thanks forever (Psalms 30:11-12).”


Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer zt”l (Even haEzel, Kodashim) describes a person who is in serious financial straits, and pleads with God for sustenance. He then becomes ill, and no longer prays for money, but for health. When God answers his prayers for a cure, he again prays for financial security, and eventually becomes quite wealthy. Will he remember to thank God? Will he remember all the stages of his life, and thank God for healing him, and for saving him from destitution?

King David constantly remembered his wailing, and kept his sackcloth so that he would always thank God for each miracle at every stage of his life.

This Misped and sackcloth serve as reminders to appreciate each gift in our lives, so that when we review our blessings we will rise to dance with joy.

The mourning of this Misped and sackcloth is only complete when we joyfully express thanks for what we have.


This should be used a a Kavanah for the blessing of Modim of Mincha of Tisha B’Av.

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