Posted on July 15, 2013
Tonight is Tisha B’Av, where we as the Jewish people commemorate the destruction of our Beit HaMikdash, our Temple. I am going to reiterate some points that I made in a post on 8/8/11. Please click here to read the post in full.
The Beit HaMikdash was destroyed because of sinat chinam, baseless hatred. At that time, there were different groups of Jews, with their own beliefs and agendas. Instead of using their differences to strengthen the Jewish people and working together, the other groups were considered to be enemies, even to the point of bloodshed. A very sad reality indeed.
Today, our goal should always be to counteract these feelings of animosity and baseless hatred that unfortunately still exist. One way to accomplish this and to bring about ahavat chinam, baseless love, to the world, is to give. Give to each other and show that you care. At Areyvut, we believe in chesed, tzedakah, and tikkun olam, trying to make the world a better place through giving.
We ask on this day where we try to build Jewish unity that you also give in a way that can benefit Jewish organizations that try to further this cause. If upon walking into shul tonight, we all would give $10 to one organization, think of all that we can accomplish. Please consider Areyvut in this decision, as any donation would be a huge help. We wish everyone an easy and meaningful fast, and we hope that all of our efforts in bringing redemption are successful and we merit to see the rebuilding of our Temple speedily in our days.