What is there to look forward to on Tisha B’Av? Do you even know what you're missing?
Here’s a whole new look (literally!) into the mysteries of the Kodesh HaKodashim, the Holy of Holies… and what that has to do with YOU and YOUR LIFE.
The pain of Tisha B’Av is the pain of losing sight of God’s love for us; the pain of rejection. On Tisha B’Av, our pain can lay the foundation for growing towards Hashem, for committing to becoming something greater.
Growing in Kedusha is “work that is done quietly, silently, known to no one but oneself and God, on one’s own inner self.”
Discover the deeper drive motivating construction of the Tower of Babel, where the invention of fired bricks seems to be "a technology in search of a solution” (as they say in the venture capital biz).
What is more pleasing? Things in their natural state, or things that have been worked on by Man?
In the process of developing the raw materials of the world, we develop ourselves, too. Thinking humans have a tremendous ability to act upon the world and upon our selves.
Rain reminds us that for all our hard work (or rather, “sweat equity”), there is always an element we cannot control… We start to understand why rain is so key a theme in tuning in to God’s absolute power.
Tammuz is the month of Vision. It is also the month in which the Meraglim toured the Land of Israel, seeing not what Moshe hoped they would see, but something much darker indeed… Surely, it is time for us to try some “Vision Therapy” and move back to following Hashem’s lead into the Holy Land.
Changing reality by aligning our will with Hashem’s.
"One should open with praise of Hashem before asking for his needs" (Brachos 32).
“In truth, Sefer Tehillim has more zemiros than tefillah. The difference is as follows: when it comes to tefillah one must try to daven at an eis ratzon [an opportune time], whereas Tehillim has the power to create an eis ratzon.”
— Rav Yitzchak Hutner, Pachad Yitzchak al Succos, Maamar 70
"In גבורות we contemplate the all-conquering omnipotence of God. Here, too, we learn that unshakable trust which enables us to withstand all the vicissitudes of life and even death itself, and which enables all those pervaded with the genuine fear of God to unlearn the fear of human power or natural force, and in its place to acquire the skill of passing calmly and serenely through all the trials that are part of daily living.” — Hirsch Siddur
The purpose of a Nisayon (a test; literally, a means for elevation) is to bring a person’s powers from their potential into activation. In Torah, a test is always and only for the benefit of the one being tested. (Based on Ramban, Commentary on Bereishis 22:2)
"What אהבה is in feelings, חסד is in deeds — love translated into action." —Rav S.R. Hirsch, Commentary on Bereshis 24:27.
“חסד is both the highest degree of doing good which human beings can accomplish, and the highest expression for the love that God shows to human beings." — Rav S.R. Hirsch, Commentary on Shemos 34:7
המתפלל בעד חבירו והוא צריך לאותו דבר
Davening from our own pain for the needs of others.