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31.07.2014 20:28    Comments: 0    Categories: Weekly Parashah      Tags: torah shabbat parachah devarim  


 

Message for Today

 

When we eliminate the causes of the Destruction,

 

the Temple will be rebuilt.

 

 

 

Our sages explain to us precisely why we mourn on Tisha Be’Av. “On Tisha Be’Av it

 

was decreed that our ancestors would not enter the Land, the First and Second Temples were

 

destroyed, and Betar was captured and plowed under” (Ta’anit 26b).

 

The spies’ betrayal of Eretz Yisrael found expression in the people’s intense weeping

 

on Tisha Be’Av Night in the Desert: “The entire community raised a hubbub and began to

 

shout. That night, the people wept” (Numbers 14:1). The result was G-d’s saying: “Because

 

you wept for nothing, I shall make you weep down through the generations” (Ta’anit 29a).

 

The Talmud teaches (Yoma 9b): “Why was the First Temple destroyed? Because the

 

people committed idolatry, sexual sin and murder. Yet in the Second Temple period the

 

people learned Torah and performed mitzvot and kind deeds. Why was that destroyed?

 

Because there was groundless hatred.”

 

Today, on Tisha Be’Av and in general, we must engage in national and individual

 

soul-searching. We must repent in our relationship to Eretz Yisrael, and we must rid

 

ourselves of the weakness and lack of faith in our ability to conquer the Land, shortcomings

 

displayed amongst the spies and their contemporaries. To the contrary, we must become

 

stronger and more courageous. We must learn and understand and believe fully that Eretz

 

Yisrael belongs exclusively to the Jewish People, and to no one else. If we believe in

 

ourselves, our enemies will accept us as well.

 

We must search our souls regarding our relationship with our fellow man on the plane

 

of the individual, the family and the community, and we must rid ourselves of all groundless

 

hatred, for it has no justification, as its name implies. We must love our fellow man and our

 

people, each and every individual Jew within the nation that G-d lovingly chose. Through

 

groundless love, like the love between David and Jonathan, we will nullify the reasons for

 

the Destruction, and then we will speedily be privileged to see the complete Messianic

 

rebuilding. With our own eyes we will see the fulfillment of the prophet’s words: “Thus says

 

the L-rd of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the

 

seventh and the fast of the tenth shall become times of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts

 

to the house of Judah. Therefore love truth and peace” (Zechariah 8:19).

 

Mourning the destruction of our Temple,

 

And looking forward to complete salvation,

 

 

 
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