Friday, July 12, 2013

Not Eichah - Ayekah!

A Torah Thought for 
Parashat Devarim
By Avraham Leibler 
Administrative Director 
Let's be honest. It is difficult to fathom every word of the Kinot we read on Tisha B'Av morning, due to their complex language and style. 

Added to this is the almost - sometimes often - forced emotion of mourning 
for the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash and Jerusalem some 2000 years ago, 
made even more confounding today by being able to walk the vibrant streets of rebuilt Jerusalem.

The mourning becomes more convoluted when you travel around and outside of Jerusalem and easily spot the rebuilding of the mountains of Yehuda, Hevron, Shomron, Galil, Negev, and the coastal ports, the plains and the valleys.

Hashem's revival of Am Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael can be found in Yehuda
Halevi's Kina 36. Hang on through the first 35 Kinot and when you get to
number 36, take your time to read it slowly. It is a poem, a love song to
Hashem for the land He has given to his people. It was written by Halevi
1000 years ago, as if a dream. Fortunately, much of it today is a reality.
Even the names of the ancient locations mentioned have become places of
reality and Jewish residence in our time.

And where are you? Not Eichah - Ayehkah? Hashem has sent each and every one of us an invitation to at a minimum yearn to actually return to His land.
Israel is not that far away from having the majority of Jews worldwide
residing once again within its boundaries. Ask your local rabbi what the
Halachic implications of that are. Next thing you know, we will need to
reestablish a Sanhedrin. This is not fantasy. The wheels of the return of Am
Yisrael to Eretz Yisrael are rolling forward. And where are you? Ayehkah?

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