A key lesson of Tisha B'Av is not to suffer falsehood in silence. Our observance of this memorial day bears meaning when we learn from the sins of the past and vow not to endorse through silence hatred and deceit.
The difference between "fact" and "truth" is the difference between embracing and loving. One is an event, the other is its meaning. When we affirm our own role in drawing truth from facts, we become the authors of our personal stories and collective history.
“To be effective, the preacher's message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God's present voice to a particular people.”