Yesterday and today marked the beginning of the Hebrew month of Tammuz (when the month before is 30 days, we celebrate both the 30th and the 1st as Rosh Chodesh - Why? click here for an explanation).
Tammuz is the month when Jews mark a 3-week period of mourning--from the 17th of Tammuz, when the walls of the Temple in Jerusalem were breached, through to Tisha B'Av, the 9th of Av, when the Temple was destroyed. It's a time that brings awareness to the assaults on our spiritual center.
This year as we start Tammuz, we are reminded that there are assults to the world on many fronts. This year I awoke on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz to the news of the bombings in London. It's horrible in so many ways, on so many levels. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, people who lost their lives for no other reason but being at the wrong place at the wrong time. My heart goes to those who have ever lost loved ones to terrorism, for each new act makes their pain fresh.