Today the Jewish people “celebrate’ Tisha’ B’av. This day was created two thousand years ago to remember and mourn the Beit HaMikdash.
As Jews, we see the destruction of our Temple something that could only take place if we destroying each other. We are taught that the Beit HaMikdash was destroyed because of causeless hatred between Jews. So today we don’t just mourn the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, we look inside ourselves to see how we can improve. The custom today is to fast, to reflect, and to sit on the floor and this takes place in synagogues all over Israel and around the world.
For us in the foundation this year’s Tisha B’av has different aspect, because on side we have the Beit HaMikdash which was destroyed because of hatred, and on the other side we have our new beit achim which was built in the merit of love.
There is a famous story of Napoleon, who was traveling through Europe and entered a synagogue on Tisha B’Av only to see all the men and women sitting on the floor, crying. When Napoleon asked what terrible thing happened here he was told the Jews were mourning the destruction of their Temple. Then he found to his shock that their Temple was destroyed 2,000 years ago. It looked to him from their sadness like it happened yesterday.
Napoleon then said, “Any people who can mourn like this for something that was destroyed 2,000 years ago, surely will merit to have it rebuilt.”
May we all increase today in unity of the Jewish People and love for each other.
A meaningful fast,