Thursday, July 15, 2010


The Nine Days and the Fast

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

    Whenever something happens to the Jewish people, look to see what our reaction to it is. This will tell us why Hashem sent it to us in the first place. For instance, if (G-d forbid) there is an attack, see how we all come together. We do not ask, “What shul do you daven in?” We do not judge the other Jew’s ancestry. We simple accept all Jews as being one with us, and we come together to protect ourselves.

    So, we see that G-d sent that problem to bring us together. Obviously, it follows that if we will come together on our own, G-d will not have to send the problem to bring us together.

    These Nine Days and the long fast come to give us pause. They force us to look back at the horrible things that have happened to us over the years, especially during these days, and we mourn. But instead of stressing mourning this week, if we want, we could concentrate on bringing Jews together. And if we are really successful, we will not need the Nine Days, and certainly not the fast, anymore. Go try it. At the very least, you will end up with more friends.


Shiloh said...

Really Gutman, when have we done it the easy way like uniting without G-d forbid, tragedy. I like your idea and maybe we will see it soon.

Lalou said...

I read that Rav Kanievsky recently said that we have reached the end, really really the end. The Moshiach must be on his way then. Hopefully, we will not have to fast this Tisha BeAv and the Third Temple will already be rebuilt.

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fatima said...

Man maketh the problem not G-d.
Fasting is a healthly way to allow the body to cleanse, and also the soul and mind.
Brotherhood, only when humanity unite as one.
When we pass all we are left with is each other, as in the beginning before our time here on earth.

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