Monday, August 08, 2011

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Happy Tisha B'Av, WHAT???

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Commentor Leah responded to our Happy Tisha B'Av post...

I heard this same analogy at a Shabbos lunch yesterday and I admit that I either a.) take issue with it or b.) am completely clueless.

Here goes: I liken this analogy to an adult child who does not remember his or her...let's say father and he/she now goes to the kever and cries. Someone sees this adult child and says, "Why do you mourn, after all you don't remember your father. how can you mourn that which is so long ago that you have lost the connection and besides, when he died, you were so young and you no longer remember him, so who are you to mourn so..... Happy Yarzheit.... Is my analogy flawed?
A yaretzheit is a final situation. Yet, when Rabbi Akiva saw the destroyed Har HaBayit and saw a fox running out of a den (as the area had been razed and plowed), he laughed! Because he said "if I see the prophecy of destruction was fulfilled, surely the prophecy of it being rebuilt will be fulfilled".

I believe it was Rebbe Yisroel of Ruzhin who said "Ribono shel Olam (Master of the Universe), if your children don't appreciate your holiday of Tisha B'Av, take it away from them!" He also said "Ribono Shel Olam, there will come a time when Your children won't even know to care about the coming of Moshiach, then You will have no choice but to bring him!"

I have stood on Har HaBayit, and I have watched as the Arabs have dug down, cut up and thrown away artifacts of the Beis HaMikdash they found. And most of Jewish Israel and the secular government did not care.
The vast majority of us, IMHO, cannot relate to the broken stones of the past. Nor have we any real clue of what they meant, to the Jewish people or to individual Jews. But we can feel the lack of connection to G-d - especially in this day and time when it's so easy to disconnect even from other people, from nature, from the food we eat, from the world.

The Beis HaMikdash was literally a physical connection to G-d, bridging the spiritual to the physical. Emotionally and spiritually we can't even imagine or understand what that means anymore. But intellectually we can contemplate the lack of connection, and we can relate the ability of this generation to disconnect from the physical and social to being disconnected from the spiritual.

A person who never knew a mother or a father cannot mourn a loss they don't know, but they can mourn a lack they see they're missing that others have. We can't do even that!

All we can do is yearn for that great day.

1 comment:

  1. We know that the death of a tzaddik can be a harbringer of bad times, or on the other hand it can be a kapparah of our sins. It depends how we take advantage of the day. Do we dive into depression or do we rediscover our tzaddik and enrichen our lives. A recent death was Rav Mordechai Eliyah zt"l. After his death, thousands of stories were told, and more of his books were printed. His son took his place to give the weekly shiur. I really hope that the same will come from the murder of Rav Elazar. I hope that his followers publish and become stronger instead of feeling hopeless. Soon after the death it is hard to think about 'happy', but older yahrzeits turn into hilulot with thousands coming for celebrations, i.e. Rashbi, Baba Sali.

    But our Beit Mikdash is gone, and we never created a celebration for that. Hanukah is nice, but we never inaugurated a day of the year we celebrate today of the building/rebuilding of the temple. Shouldn't Tisha b'av be a happy day, now? Shouldn't we be celebrating the future rebuilding of the temple. Was this a 'mistake' of forefathers to not prepare us (question for discussion not my opinion)?

    A lot of people like to compare how we remember our fallen soldiers with honour by having a sad day, while the US 'disrespects' Memorial day instead turning it into the happy beginning of the summer.

    Actually , in comparison, the day after Tisha B'av, though we officially still have some signs of mourning, is the start of ben hametzarim and the short summer season until Elul. Maybe we should be adding a bit more meaning to the tenth of Av?

    May we be able to understand what we lost in the Beit Mikdash as well as our losing access to the gmail.


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