Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Hang In There!

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Photo - The last half an hour of the fast at the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem, Eretz Yisroel.

Hang in there. The fast is almost over.  May it be true for the golus as well!

2 comments:

Micha said...

I just listened to a very impressive interview on Arutz Sheva by R' Richman, director of the Temple Institute.

He talks about the confusion many Jews feel about how to relate to Tisha B'Av.

You have said "may the golus also be over soon." You know, in a British paper recently, Israel was rated the fifth or sixth military power in the world. According to many demographers, more than half of klal Yisrael lives in Israel. The center of the Torah world is, undoubdedly, Israel.

I think it's clear that we're not in golus anymore. Are we in a state of geulah? No, we're obviously not; we're in an intermediate grey area.

Which is a primary reason Tisha B'Av as its practiced is something I cannot relate to. As R' Richman points out, mourning incessantly is not a normal, healthy psychic state. Frum Jews, by and large, have placed themselves in a kind of a-historical state in which all geula-dik developments are something "out of this world" (ie the Temple falling out of heaven in a maelstrom of fire). In his words, we have taken ourselves out of the equation. Of course, such a hashkafa only reinforces paralysis and disfunction.

On Tisha B'Av we should reflect on how how Judaism without the Mikdash (and without the Sanhedrin, and a Mashiach) is like a handicapped person on life support. Without this awareness we cannot seriously yearn for something more. And, truth be told, most frum Jews really do feel that Judaism as it is is OK, as long as they have their shul and mikvah around the corner and badatz Eida Charedis hechsher.

We need to begin thinking proactively about the Mikdash, and all the other things which will make Judaism a complete functional system, and not leave to some whimsical fantasy which will drop from a cloud.

The common observance of Tisha B'Av is entirely out of synch with present reality. The nusach most people say is "the city that lies desolate, without her inhabitants..." Is this true? Most Jews do not feel the mourning; it's an empty shell, and the kinot are a drag (even if people understand the words they're saying!).

The day must be transformed into something much more meaningful, from a day of passive mourning to one of reflecting, and yes, lamenting aspect of out reality which are so lacking, yearning, and looking towards the future.

Shiloh said...

If we want the geulah, why not start to live it?

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