A Message from Jerusalem – The 9th of Av

This comes from our friend Ari Abramowitz from TheLandofIsrael.com:

Today, Jews around the world are preparing to fast and mourn the destruction of our Holy Temples in Jerusalem.

The seeds of this tragic day were planted upon the return of the spies bearing an evil report, full of fear and doubt, about the Land of Israel.(Numbers Ch.13)

Together, may we succeed in our mission of sharing the truth and beauty of the Land of Israel with the faith and courage of Joshua and Caleb.

May we grasp hands in in brotherhood and friendship and merit to be a part of the ingathering of the exiles and the rebuilding of the Temple.

"For my house will be a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 56:7)

Allow us to see the events of our times with the hope and faith as our holy sage Rabbi Akiva.  When a group of scholars saw a fox scampering in the ruins of the Temple, they wept at the shame of what had become of the glory of Israel.     

Rabbi Akiva, however, astounded his companions by laughing.  

He understood that, just as the prophecies of destruction had come to pass, the prophecies of redemption, rebuilding, and renewal will also be fulfilled.  

With love from Jerusalem,


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