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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Truth, Tisha B'Av and the Rebuilding Process

Judith Weiss is coordinating a blogburst about:

... the relation of Tisha B'Av to the destruction of Temple Mount archeological relics under the authorization of the Muslim authority in charge of the Mount, and the relationship of those topics to the ongoing propaganda attempts to erase Jewish history.

This coming Sunday is Tisha B'Av, the day that Jews mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller points out that we can not truly understand the enormity of the loss because we do not have access to the spirituality that existed in the Temple.

Judaism teaches that all our physical misfortunes are dependent on our spiritual deficiencies. The destruction of the Temple resulted from the baseless hatred of one person towards another.

In the Antidote for Baseless Hatred, Rebbetzin Heller points out that nobody wakes up and says "It's a great day today, I think I'll hate people". We dislike each other for two reasons: One, we love truth and tend to not believe that other people could have it if their spark of truth is different from our own. Two, we are threatened by other people’s differences, and are often unwilling to expand ourselves.

The solution to accepting differences and getting closer to people is to approach every person with two questions:
1) What can I learn from them?
2) What can I give to them?

When we follow this formula we expand ourselves and bring others closer. That is the world God wants and that is the world we are all capabable of building today.