Daily Lift – Tisha B’Av

Napoleon was walking past a synagogue in Paris on Tisha B’Av and saw a congregation of Jews sitting on the floor, bawling their eyes out. He inquired what are they crying about? He was told they are mourning their exile and the destruction of their temple. He said if they can pray so fervently about something that happened nearly 2000 years ago, they will surely get their land and their temple back.

The first half of the prophecy has been delivered and Eretz Yisrael is back in the hands of the Jewish people, but what about other half of the prophecy? The 2nd Beit Hamikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred and we are taught that if the Beit Hamikdash remains unbuilt it’s because the cause of its destruction has not been cured. The question is what can we do to cure it?

Give a Jew a hug, whatever he is, whether he’s your Brother or your Sister, whether he’s Safadi or Ashkenazi, Haredi or Secular, Black or White and if you can’t physically hug him then hug him in your heart. Give him the benefit of the doubt, forgive him for his mistakes and remember Hashem created him in his own image with his own divine mission. 

These daily lifts are inspired by Jonny Chippeck and dedicated to his ‘refuah shleimah’. Get well soon Jonny!

The more people we have contributing, the higher this daily lift will get.  Keep them coming.

Please step up to the plate and contribute your own small nugget of Torah by sending back to me at terence@speedquote.net.

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