Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tisha B'Av

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My sentiments have not changed since
last Tisha B'Av:

"How is it that we do not cringe each time we see a picture of the gold dome sitting atop the site where the Beis HaMikdash once stood?

Have we become so desensitized over the years to this insult, whose presence clearly manifests that even in Eretz Yisroel we are still in a dark golus?"

Any generation in which the Beis HaMikdash is not rebuilt, is considered as if they had destroyed it.

(Talmud Yerushalmi - Yoma 1)


At August 3, 2006 at 1:37:00 PM EDT, Blogger Christian said...

Hi my name is Christian. I stumbled upon your blog site while browsing through the blogspot site and I must say that I am really touched by your posts. Though I am not Jewish, the Lord has burdened my heart for the Jewish people and nation Israel. I feel compelled to share with you some dreams I've had lately, prophetic dreams. Depictions of the Lord's coming and the reestablishment of the New Jerusalem. The Old Testiment is quite clear about protecting and standing beside His Chosen Ones. I hope this is an encouragement for you, I want you to know that Israel is in my prayers and that the countries or groups rallying against the Holy Nation the Lord will make them a footstool. Be encourged, be loved, and shalom my friend.

At August 3, 2006 at 3:04:00 PM EDT, Anonymous heykristopher said...

In the spirit of "why can't we all just get along"... how are we supposed to deal with the Dome being up there? To tear it down is to rip the heart out of another person? Yet to see it, is to recognize a missing part of our history.

Is there a middle ground? Granted, I don't propose a Unitarianist church (i visited a service once with a friend... weird.). But perhaps there's a middle road.

At August 3, 2006 at 4:01:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Channah said...

May we all see coming of the Moshaich, speedily and in the coming days. Amen

At August 3, 2006 at 9:15:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Neshama said...

are you going to get a copy of this commentary on Kodshim? Sounds intriguing and challenging.

Before I knew better, I visited the Temple Mount, as they say, and went inside a very big .... and was led to a place where there was an opening in the flooring, and below was something that looked like a huge stone. I was overcome by awe, the entire experience was stirring to say the least. It was so beautiful and a silence flowed through the soft breeze up there. It reminded me of many years before when I was up in a piper cub and the pilot cut the engines and there was silence all around us, up in the atmosphere. It was very very awe inspiring. I was, at that time, metaphorically and spiritually reaching up to heaven.

B"H Shomayim responded.

About their presence up there - it is not so simple. My understanding, and I'm sure you realize that this is part of a historical prophetic scenario that will play itself out until Hashem redeems us. Our part is to "want" to come closer to Him, which involves teshuva, the definition of which becomes a personal individual soul-searching journey. One that every Jew must begin in order to be redeemed.

Wishing you and your family Bracha and Hatzlacha.

At August 4, 2006 at 12:32:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

Any generation in which the Beis HaMikdash is not rebuilt, is considered as if they had destroyed it.

Rabbi Sam Shor of Isralight speaks of this Chazal here. (There appears to be one error in his post - he refers to the sefer Nesivos Shalom as Darchei Noam).

At August 4, 2006 at 6:52:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Christian: I appreciate your kind words, and as I responded to a Muslim woman who commented recently, I am amazed how others connect to what I write here.

Heykristopher: There is no middle ground when it comes to the Temple Mount. It belongs to the Jewish people. Perhaps Olmert should tell Nasrallah that if one more rocket falls on Israel, the Dome of the Rock will be gone...

Channah: Amen!

Neshama:Before I knew better, I too have visted this spot. You certainly always have a unique insight into things. Have you considered starting your own blog?

Yitz: That was absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for sharing it.

At August 4, 2006 at 7:29:00 AM EDT, Blogger Philly Farmgirl said...

Perhaps Olmert should tell Nasrallah that if one more rocket falls on Israel, the Dome of the Rock will be gone...

Please G-d! Wouldn't that be something? I truly dream of Beit HaMikdash being rebuilt. I know I do not understand fully what it means to even have It, but as far as I understand, it means the Shechinah will be with us...we will understand and we will truly know Hashem.

At August 4, 2006 at 12:18:00 PM EDT, Anonymous A Yid said...

It's a machloykes between the Ramba”m and theRayve”d if one is chaeyv koreys for going on the Har Habais (in prohibited places) in present time. While Ramba”m says yes, Rayve”d says no, and this is one of the explicit places, where he openly says, that this halocho was revealed to him (through Eliyohu haNovi or Ruach haKoydesh).

I wonder, why and how some groups of Yidden claim today that they want to go Har HaBais etc. and get angry when the regime doesn't let them. Don't they know about this issue, or they hold absolutely that the din is like the Rayve”d?

At August 10, 2006 at 2:56:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Yitz above...

The Darchei Noam is the name of the Sefer which contains the Chasidic teachings of the CURRENT Rebbe of Slonim...

The Nesivos Shalom,of righteous and blessed memory, was the previous Slonimer Rebbe, who passed away 6 plus years ago...
The Seforim of the Darchei Noam are not yet available in most seforim stores, but can be purchased in the Slonimer Yeshiva in Jerusalem (where I purchased my set...)

Warmest regards...Rabbi Sam Shor


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