by Dixie Yid at Mystical Paths
My friend who is, for the rest of the week, in the armpit of Dixie, pointed out a great Ohr Gedaliyahu on parshas Matos Ma'asei that relates to the Shabbosim of the 3 Weeks.
Rav Gedaliya Shor says over the well-known vort about the 3 Weeks from Rav Ber (?)on the pasuk (Eicha 1:3), "כָּל-רֹדְפֶיהָ הִשִּׂיגוּהָ, בֵּין הַמְּצָרִים." He says that the pasuk should be read that "All who pursue Hashem [yud hei], will reach Him Bein Hametzarim [in the 3 Weeks]. Why is the 3 Weeks such an opportune time to get closer to Hashem? Rav Ber explains that it is analogous to a King who is traveling. When the King is at home in the palace, it is difficult for anyone to have access to him. However, when the King is traveling, even simple people can meet the King. So too, during the 3 Weeks, when the Shechina is in Galus, it is easier for simple people like us to connect to Hashem.
He told over another explanation as to why it is easier to connect to Hashem during the 3 Weeks, and especially during the Shabbosim of the 3 Weeks. He says, in the name of Rav Simcha Bunim of Peshischa, that it is similar to Shabbos at mincha time. Usually Mincha time is a time of Din (Yitzchak/Mincha). However, since Shabbos is Rachamim, Shabbos reveals the deepest Ahava and rachamim during the time of mincha. That is why Mincha is the holiest part of Shabbos, Ra'ava D'ra'avon. Similarly, Rav Simcha Bunim says that the 3 weeks are a time of dinim. This indicates that he greatest rachamim is hidden within that time. So when the Shabbosim of the 3 Weeks come (keeping in mind that Shabbos=rachamim as mentioned above) those whole Shabbosim reveal the love and rachamim within the 3 weeks, which makes them a great time of potential closeness with Hashem. And mincha time of the Shabbosim of the 3 Weeks is the biggest of all.
May Hashem reveal how this time is a time of closeness and not a time of suffering, soon in our days!
P.S. This post also appears at Dixie Yid here.
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