Today, is a day about mourning the past and praying for our future. We all have loved one’s that are no longer present, that we yearn for their return.
We all know someone battling for their future. Not just anyone. Young mother’s, father’s, and young children. There are several hours remaining to our fast and all I can think of is when? When will our Golus end? When will our pain and suffering end? Will our scans in a few weeks come clean?
Benny just woke from his nap. He is crying ” I want Mommy!” Is he crying for me? or perhaps for our Father, Hashem, like we have all been crying for all night and day. Helping Benny change his mood is as easy as feeding him or holding him. Hashem, please change our mood and bring us the Geula,the Redemption we have all been patiently and unpatiently waiting for.
We say in Rosh Chodesh Bentching to gather us from the four corners of the earth for the Redemption. It can literally mean, North, South, East and West, but it could also stand for the four Exiles. Four can stand for the four sons that are mentioned in the Hagadda, the wise son, the simple son, the son that doesn’t not know how to ask and the wicked son. Today, we live in a society that has all these types of sons, and we live in a generation that represent all the four exiles.
Unfortunately, all four of my grandparent’s are no longer living. That generation in our family has now closed, a generation that was closer to the Bais Hamikdosh. Let us hope that I am wrong and that this generation of today is closer to the Bais Hamikdosh, the third and final ONE IY”H.
Below is a video that my Uncle Simcha Lyons sent me who is in Israel this week, as his wife and my mother sit Shiva together for my grandmother O”H. May they have comfort among all the mourners of Yerushalayim.
May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
The Meaning of the Declaration
The traditional wording of the above condolence declaration expresses two themes:
1) The pain of the individual is connected to the pain of the community. Just as the destruction of Zion and Jerusalem is mourned by the entire nation of Israel, so, too, does the entire community share in the mourning of the individual’s loss, since all Israel constitutes a single body. This helps to make the pain and sorrow bearable.
2) Just as the consolation over the destruction of Zion and Jerusalem is certain to come — this being a fundamental principle of our faith — so, too, will the consolation for the individual’s loss. For, as Maimonides writes, the purpose of all mourning is to awaken us to Teshuva (repentance), which will surely bring the ultimate consolation from “The Consoler of Zion and the Builder of Jerusalem.”
video of the Kotel: tishab’av