It’s the middle of Tisha B’Av here in Israel….
And strange to say, I am starting to feel upbeat.
I’m hearing more and more stories of ‘pushback’ against all the sinat chinam – more and more people on all sides of the argument, the divide, who are standing up and saying:
We are not going to let the mentally-ill haters in our midst turn brother against brother, this time around.
The choice is very simple:
To continue ‘hating’ our fellow Jew – or not.
Even though we strongly disagree with them.
Even though, they say and do things that hurt and pain us so much.
The choice is still very simple:
To continue hating our fellow Jew – or to understand that God is the Cause of all Causes, and if God is sending me these mentally-ill haters to deal with – it must be because I have a test that I myself need to pass.
And this Tisha B’Av, that test is finally kicking sinat chinam into touch.
Two short videos that really spoke to me, both in Hebrew, about Tisha B’av:
This first one is drawing the parallel between the ‘untouchable’ Eretz Yisrael under King Tzidkiyahu – that was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzer – and how similar it all is to what is going on today, God forbid.
And this one actually made me cry when I watched it:
I went and read Lamentations afterwards, and the words of the Prophet really spoke to me.
God, it’s enough!
It’s time to turn Your anger against our oppressors, with full force!
Once we do our bit, and finally uproot this awful sin of sinat chinam…. that’s what happens next.