This evening we enter the ‘Nine Days’. During this time the traditional mourning intensifies as we don’t eat meat or drink wine (except for on Shabbat).
Many tragedies occurred during this time on the Jewish calendar, but we mourn primarily for the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem. This is because we believe that those tragedies are the source and cause of all other tragedies, namely, the separation between heaven and earth, between Hashem and Jerusalem.
The Temple was a symbol of this harmony.
Jerusalem has been rebuilt but the place in which Hashem dwelt openly – the Temple, hasn’t.
Every time we perform an act of goodness we draw G-dliness, the source of life, into the world.
We don’t know why some have a life which seems more blessed than others because we are not privy to the details of how Hashem runs the world. We do know, however, that every act of goodness and kindness brings the world closer to the time when suffering will no longer be part of life’s experiences. This is what we are encouraged to think about during these Nine Days.
Recently, the whole world was transfixed on the scary predicament of the 12 teenage boys and their coach trapped in a cave because our hearts go out for other people’s suffering, whether we know them, or whether they are Jewish or not. Thank G-d they are all fine, but unfortunately one diver, a hero, died trying to save them. His name was Saman Gunan. He will be immensely rewarded by Hashem for his heroism and self sacrifice.
May Hashem put an end to all suffering Amen!
Chaim & Dina