Thoughts on Tisha B’av

Avigails Camra Pictures 2017 1358.JPGHellooo my Beauties! How’s a going? Next Tuesday is the Fast of תשעה באב (the ninth of Av) ,for all those that don’t know- Av is the hebrew month that we are in now and on the Ninth of Av both Temples (the first and second temple) were destroyed we have mourned their destruction every year on this date for two thousand years (1949 years since the destruction of the second temple). So I wanted to share some teachings about Tisha Bav, that I found really beautiful. (Most of these teachings are from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach)

“In the Holy Temple, the most important part was the singing-the singing of the holy tribe, the Levites. According to our tradition, there were 50,000 instruments and 100,000 voices. They would alternate every few minutes, day and night. They would sing and play for the One, for the only One. Every note and every melody was the deepest prayer in the world. Those songs and prayers were so deep, they reached into the deepest depths of every human being. You cannot hear those melodies and prayers without returning to the One, the only One…”  DSCN2980 (2)

“The month of destruction is called Menachem Av, Menachem is the hebrew word for “consolation”, Av is one of the hebrew words for Father, so the name of this month means that God ,our Father in heaven, is begging us, his children, “Please, console me!” , “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami…” (Isaiah 40;1) “Console, console my people”. God is begging us “Please my people console me! Please!” and what do we answer? Menachem Av-How do we console our Father? We promise you that this will be the year. This year, will come back to you. This year we’ll come back to the temple. This year will answer your nocking. This year we will return…”

For as much as we cry and our heart is broken over this state of גלות (exile) he hurts so much more, he has been hurt so much more “On him whom they have pierced…” (Zechariah 12:10). Meanwhile we are waiting, waiting for the Mashiach to come and take us out of this exile. Waiting for the ‘א’ (alef) to turn גולה(exile) into גאולה (redemption). And while we wait we mourn and fast so

“The fasts of the fourth,fifth,seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions…” (zechariah 8:19)

Avigail

 

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