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July 17, 2015  RSS feed
Rabbinically Speaking

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Always be ready to lend a helping ear or hand

By RABBI YOSSI EBER
Chabad of West Pasco

We are currently in the Hebrew month of Av, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temples – both set ablaze on the 9th of this month – and our nation’s nearly 2,000 year-long exile.

Thousands of books wouldn’t suffice to chronicle the suffering our people have endured during this time. As Jeremiah says (Lamentations 1:12), “Behold and see, is there any pain like my pain which has been dealt to me, with which G-d saddened me on the day of His fierce anger?” Indeed, there is no need to burrow into our distant past.

But today many of us lead relatively happy lives. What is the meaning of Tisha b’Av for those of us lucky enough to be content with our jobs, have stable marriages, and lead relatively trouble-free lives? What if we don’t feel the pain of exile? What if we happen to be on a proverbial plane soaring in a cloudless sky?

Well, now we have an answer. No matter how high we may be flying, we have no excuse to cut ourselves off from what’s going on miles below. We must always maintain contact with those who aren’t flying, those whose wings have been clipped by illness, a bad economy, or another misfortune – those who aren’t as fortunate as we are. We must commiserate with them and, most importantly, we must always be ready to lend a helping ear and hand.

We are one nation. We mourn together. And one day very soon we will all celebrate together with the coming of Moshiach.

The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the board.


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