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A 9th of Av Message
Passover’s opportunity is freedom. Sukkos’ is joy. The 9th of Av’s is fragmentation and disconnect. What does that mean and why is that an opportunity?
Fragmentation is the very human tendency of feeling separate, alone, other. As human beings prone to moods and insecure thought, we fall into a sense of disconnect - from the warmth of our loved ones, from the love of our Creator, from the wisdom that resides inside our own soul. In a fragmented, disconnected state, conflict and alienation feel so normal. Hence the root of the Hebrew word for dispute - “machlokes” – is “chelek,” or fragment.
Our Sages teach that while it’s always possible to get lost in a fragmented worldview, it’s in this time of year that we are most susceptible to the test. Hence the spies’ 9th of Av report about Israel that induced national hysteria and disconnect from our very own home. Hence the destruction – twice – on this day of our Temple, the connection between heaven and earth and source of wholeness in the world. Hence the trigger event on this day in 1914 - the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand - responsible for decades of world war and conflagration. (As an aside, rates of violent crime always peak in summer.)
Yet our Sages also point out that the messiah will be born on this day. The 9th of Av is called a "moed" in Hebrew, a holiday or literally a meeting in time with God. There’s tremendous opportunity on this day of fragmentation. I’d like to highlight this opportunity with a story. MORE
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