9th of Av
In another two days is the Fast of the 9th of Av, when we must endure a 25 hour fast* to commemorate/remember the invasion/conquering of Jerusalem and destruction of both our Holy Temples. The 9th of Av is the saddest most tragic time in the Jewish Calendar. In the heat of the summer, we are commanded to remember all of the terrible things that happened to the Jewish People.
This past year, especially the past couple of weeks, it’s much too easy to see how the increased violence and dangers are caused by our sins. Yes, remember that we’re all in this “boat”together. We can’t say:
“I’m perfect. He’s the one who got us into trouble.”
In another two months it will be Yom Kippur, and on Yom Kippur we also fast 25 hours and we list “our sins” to Gd begging forgiveness. The Yom Kippur Prayers are written in plural. It is forbidden to edit the text with the excuse:
“I didn’t do that.”
We are One Jewish People, One Family. We have to care for and take responsibility for each other. The internal sin, which weakened us and caused our defeat and the destruction of the Jewish Kingdoms and Holy Temples came from within us.
Déjà vu. It’s happening yet again. We have a government that runs to foreign leaders for “advice” and “aid” rather than doing what is best for the Jewish People and State of Israel. Our government treats foreign values as gods instead of obeying the One and Only Gd Almighty. Our government worries about world opinion instead of what’s best for us.
Our Israeli Government does not act as a sovereign power.
We ordinary citizens feel hopeless and powerless. We have not united to do what we know is best.
Our Israeli Government is destroying Jewish homes while permitting our enemies to build and grow stronger. It feels like the 9th of Av all the time.
I dread checking the news. I am embarrassed and terrified by the actions, words and policies of our government leaders. It feels like Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av everyday.
Elul, Teshuva, Repentance
It’s hard to keep in mind that there is a way out of this dangerous mess. We don’t have to wait for the Month of Elul to repent. Teshuva, Repentance is accepted by Gd all year long. Jewish spirituality requires observing the Mitzvot, including settling the Land.
- If we hurry and build homes and communities for Jews all over the Land of Israel…
- If we execute all Arab terrorists instead of offering them trials and prison services…
- If we ascend the Temple Mount with prayers and building materials…