Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Consolation In The Month Of Destruction

Megillas Eichah is written in alphabetical order. The reason for this is because its author, Yirmiyahu, foresaw the destruction and realized that holiness and divine sustenance would be taken from us. He thought it would be impossible for Israel and the world to exist, and out of great bitterness, he almost fainted away.

Then he saw that no matter how low we sunk, we would still have the Aleph Beis. He realized that the combinations encompass all things, as we find in Sefer Yetzira. Realizing that the Torah would therefore remain with us, he was then comforted.

It is for this reason that the month of destruction is spelled Aleph Beis - the first two letters of the alphabet.

It is also because of this that the Yom Kippur confession is written in alphabetical order.

(Kotzker Rebbe)