Halachot of Tisha B’Av: A Window to the Essence of the Day

27 07 2009

Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Rabbi Shimon Isaacson

The Gemara writes that Hashem brought the great Destruction because, “Shelo birchu b’Torah techila“-The Jewish people did not recite the blessings on the Torah before learning. With the cessation of prophecy and open miracles, the only way the Jews were able to achieve deveikut-connection to Hashem was through studying Torah. How did this bring about the Churban? The Alshich explains with a parable. The court musician once committed a crime for which he was liable to be put to death. However, since the King appreciated his music so much, he stayed his execution. After some time, the musician lost his ability to play. It was then that he was executed, as there was no reason left to keep him alive.  Similarly, as long as the Jews were learning Torah sincerely they were connected to Hashem in a very intimate bond. Once they ceased studying, there was no reason left to stay the execution and the Churban began.  The way back to Hashem and the ultimate Geula, is through renewed commitment to Torah study.

Excerpted from Torat Imecha: Women’s Torah Weekly. For this weeks edition on Tish B’Av click HERE

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10 10 2009

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