Image: Four withered roses in a vase without water. (pixabay)
I feel sick at heart this Tisha B’Av.
The Jewish community is horribly divided. We are divided in many ways, and we poke many fingers at one another, scolding.
Some Haredim see the Kotel as their synagogue. From their point of view, whatever they need to do to maintain the sanctity of that place as they define sanctity is justified.
Some other Jews believe that the Kotel belongs to all Jews everywhere and because the Haredim have said and done ugly things, whatever they say about the Haredim is justified.
Some Jews believe the State of Israel is a supreme value and any threat to it is an existential threat, so whatever happens in its defense is justified.
Some Jews believe that the State of Israel has committed crimes in its defense, and that whatever they need to do or say to other Jews to protest is justified.
Some Jews talk about “the Orthodox” as if they were monsters.
Some Jews talk about “the Reform” as if they were monsters.
Some Jews act as if Jews of color don’t even exist.
Some Jews think other Jews don’t “look Jewish enough.”
Some Jews say Jews who became Jewish as adults aren’t really Jews.
I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THIS.
I am probably also guilty of some of it.
However, considering that the people during the Second Temple period were engaged in Torah study, observance of mitzvot, and acts of kindness, why was the Second Temple destroyed? It was destroyed due to the fact that there was baseless hatred during that period. This comes to teach you that the sin of baseless hatred is equivalent to the three transgressions: Idol worship, forbidden sexual relations and bloodshed. – Yoma 9b