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Tisha B'av - The day after

September 25, 2018

 

Tisha b'Av is only good if you remember it a little bit longer. If the next day is just the same as it was before, what good is the whole thing? The difference between a doctor and a layman is very simple. Imagine if a layman walks into a hospital, and he will see people dying, he will run out and just be heartbroken. "What can I do? Everybody is dying." The more patients the doctor sees, the more he realizes what he has to do. Tisha b'Av is not just to show you destruction. The whole idea of Tisha b'Av is that once a year G-d opens our eyes and we see how destroyed the world is, and it gives us strength to do something.

See, it's a very strange thing. On one hand the world is less destroyed every year, and on the other hand, it's more heartbreaking every year, because if it's already less destroyed, so why don't you rebuild it? Between you and me, there is no more heartbreaking place in the whole world than to be at the Holy Wall on Tisha b'Av night. Last year on Tisha b'Av I was up in the mountains in Switzerland. It didn't break my heart, and it didn’t tear me up. Maybe just a little bit. But this year I'm in the Holy Land, and it is cutting my heart into a billion pieces. Last night by the Holy Wall there were a hundred thousand people. Why didn't we bring Mashiach? Why not? Forget about Messiah, why didn't we decide to be Yidden again? Why didn't we do something? Why didn't we become One? One hundred thousand Yidden. Can you imagine? It could have been the greatest thing in the whole world. Why didn't ten Yidden become One? Heartbreaking.

You see what it is, if, G-d forbid, a husband and wife are not next to each other, and they don't talk to each other, it’s sad. But imagine if they are standing next to each other and they don't talk to each other, it’s heartbreaking. So you see what it is, if you're not by the Holy Wall, so you're not by the Holy Wall. If you are by the Holy Wall, and you don't talk to each other, it is heartbreaking.

When Moshe Rabbeinu came to Egypt, after 210 years of slavery, he said to the Yidden, "What's going on here? You're children of Avraham Yitzchak and Yaakov. Do you really think you are slaves?" 
And the Medrash says something unbelievably deep. For 210 years the Yiddelach did not talk to each other. They did, but they didn’t talk about what really hurts them, they talked about everything else. After Moshe Rabbeinu opened their mouths, everybody began talking to each other. Suddenly they became One.

The word Mashiach has two meanings. First, it means the anointed. Secondly, Mashiach comes from the word ‘lasuach’ -to speak. Mashiach is coming when people will again talk to each other, and we will once again talk to the Ribbono Shel Olam.

If you can't talk to people, you also can't talk to G-d. When Mashiach is coming, all the walls will fall down. All the blocks will be taken away and we'll all be free to talk. The only way to bring the Mashiach is to begin to talk to each other a little bit. So maybe tonight we will just help each other a little bit… just a little bit.

Something happens to a Yiddele on Tisha B’Av.

I want you to know something unbelievable. How much do I cry for the six million? I do cry for them, but not that much. I was crying for them at the time. But the truth is, I’m crying for us, because what do we look without them? We have no teachers. We have very few Rebbes. The holiest Rebbes were taken from us. What do we look like? Obviously, G-d is trusting us so much, he is trusting us that we can replace them. Not only replace them, we have to do even better, because when you work for G-d you can not say, "I’ll do as good as the other one." You have to do better.

 

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