Short Idea- Parshat Devarim 5782💡
The Three Weeks- Galut השכינה. What are we missing? 🤔
What are we missing during these special and difficult days before Tisha b’Av?😢 What are we longing for? What are we lacking without the בית המקדש?💔
There is a beautiful book called the Soul of Jerusalem💥, a compilation of Rav Shlomo Carlebach’s teachings on the Temple and Jerusalem (Compiled by Rav Shlomo Katz). When I read this book it takes me to a different place inside, a place of comfort and longing. In the end it’s going to be okay🤗. The first chapter of the book talks about the Temple, what it was like to be there and what we are missing today. Reb Shlomo says (page 25): “In the Holy Temple, what Gd wanted me to do was so real and so clear, that it filled me with light and such a longing that all my life should be according to Gd’s will. I was as connected to Gd as my foot is connected to my brain. Our beings were all together and all together with Gd. In the Holy Temple, all our fears, doubts, arguments… they all faded away in the Oneness of Gd.”💥❤️
We are missing the feeling and the place inside where everything is clear in our life. Where all of our fears and doubts melt away. We knew in a completely revealed way that Hashem was with us at every moment. We didn’t suffer from disconnection💔, we were deeply connected to our souls and to those around us.
Many of our pains and struggles today are because we are missing the Divine presence and revelation which existed in the Temple.
May our experience and observance of the nine days and Tisha b’Av be one of recognizing what are truly missing and yearning for the full revelation of Gd’s presence in our lives. Amen.