Do you cry out only because you are told to do so? / The Rogatchover Gaon writes that according to Jewish law the Temples’s destruction is an ongoing event. It’s not that the Temple was destroyed 2,000 years ago—and we are mourning the events of the three weeks, and Tisha B’av, and praying every day for the Redemption, for HaShem to reverse an event that occurred over 1,900 years ago.
No! The destruction of the Temple takes place every single day! - - so one can understand how much one should cry out for the exile to end, every single day. The Rogatchover proves this from a passage in the Jerusalem Talmud. “If the Temple was not rebuilt in your lifetime, it’s as if it were destroyed in your lifetime. Over 1,900 years have passed…But if today, Thursday, has passed, and the Evening Prayers are also over, yet the temple is still not rebuilt, a Jew should know that he’s expected to cry out for redemption as if he experienced the Temple’s destruction this very day.
As to the fact that we’re gathered here to celebrate a joyous occasion…Jews are always expected to live with contradictions. HaShem forced your soul to descend into your body, as the Mishna states: “You were born against your will.” At the same time, a Jew is expected to joyously fulfill the commandment to guard his physical welfare; to love HaShem so much that you fell forced to remain in this body, and a the same time, to joyfully cling to physical life in the body, not allowing your soul to expire in Divine ecstasy… So too, if Jews cried out yesterday for the exile to end and they cried out the day before yesterday - - and all the days before that - -and nevertheless, the Temple is again being destroyed today it is obvious what kind of outcry is in order now for the exile to end! This isn’t some kind of sermon… It’s an explicit ruling in Torah that if one does not merit for the Temple to be rebuilt in his lifetime, then it’s as if he caused the exact opposite…. Imagine a Jew watching the Temple go down in flames at this very moment - - even a Jew with the hardest heart of stone, if he sees the Temple being destroyed before his very eyes, he’d turn the world over. Says the Torah of Truth and the Torah of Life, HaShem’s instruction for life, Turn the world over - - today. At the same time, joyously celebrate 12-13 Tammuz, draw happiness and joy to last you the entire year in order to “serve HaShem with joy and a glad heart,” and celebrate more intensely with each passing year… But there’s no contradiction - - the more a Jew increases in the joy of Torah and the joy of mitzvos, the more that joy will burn up the last vestiges of exile, and reveal Godliness within the exile itself.
When you reveal the “Alef,” HaShem’s Unity, within the exile itself, then “golah - - exile” itself transforms into “geulah - - redemption.” That itself brings the redemption, completely and tangibly, through our righteous Moshiach, may it be speedily in our days. And this obligation is upon HaShem - - every single day anew. Aside from His 1,900-year-long obligation to rebuild the Temple since its destruction, HaShem also has the obligation each and every day anew, to hear our prayers “Rebuild Your House as it was! And more so greater than it was HaShem will build it with His very own hands, making it an eternal home. May it be speedily and immediately, and with joy and gladness. L'Chaim!
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Singer Moti Steinmetz and the Yedidim Choir are releasing a new music video in honor of the Chanukas Habayis and Hachnosas Sefer Torah for the Yeshiva Ketana Ateres Shlomo in Bnei Brak, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary since opening. The video was produced by the Friends of Ateres Shlomo in America and the song was composed by Yossi Green. Yoely Dickman arranged and produced the song itself. צְאֶינָה וּרְאֶינָה בְּנוֹת צִיּוֹן בַּמֶּלֶךְ שְׁלֹמֹה בָּעֲטָרָה שֶׁעִטְּרָה לּוֹ אִמּוֹ בְּיוֹם חֲתֻנָּתוֹ וּבְיוֹם שִׂמְחַת לִבּוֹ.(שיר השירים ג, יא) ביום חתנתו, זו מתן תורה. וביום שמחת לבו, זה בנין בית המקדש, שיבנה במהרה בימינו. אמן. לרגל חנוכת הבית והכנסת שני ספרי תורה לישיבה קטנה "עטרת שלמה" בני ברק ולרגל 20 שנה לייסודה של רשת ישיבות "עטרת שלמה" הופק על-ידי ועד ידידי עטרת שלמה בארה"ב קליפ מיוחד • יוסי גרין הופקד על הלחן, העיבוד וההפקה המוזיקלית של יואלי דיקמן והביצוע הוא של בעל המנגן מוטי שטיינמץ ומקהלת 'ידידים' בניצוחו של יעקב רוטבלט הפקה: שמוליק וינרייך P360 צילום בימוי ועריכה: אלחנן נוסבוים Follow "Shiezoli" Wherever You Are YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/shiezoli
Every word of your lips intend to unite: for in every letter there are Worlds, Souls and Divinity, and they ascend and connect and unify with each other, and afterward the letters connect and unify to become a word, and (then) unify in true unification in Divinity. Include your soul with them in each and every state. And all the Worlds unify as one and ascend to produce an infinitely great joy and pleasure, as you can understand from the joy of groom and bride in miniature and physicality, how much more so in such an exalted level as this. Surely G-d will be your aid and wherever you turn you will succeed and reach greater awareness. “Give to the wise and he will become ever wiser”.
A letter from Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov to his brother in-law, Rebbe Gershon SOURCE: Inner.org
Thursday, April 19, 2018
In the last few decades, remarkable signs of the impending Geula have surfaced in many world events. Follow this fascinating series of short, weekly videos and see how Geula is unfolding before our eyes and what that means for us. Rabbi Reuven Wolf. Moshiach in the News Part 1
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