By Chanita Teitz
By the time you read this column, it will be right before Shabbos Nachamu, and the Tishah B’Av fast will be almost forgotten. As we get ready for this Shabbos and look forward to all the fun, the socializing, the country, the hotels, etc., are we forgetting that this is a culmination of three weeks of serious contemplation, mourning, and hope? Did we do our duty, mourning a little for the Beis HaMikdash, and now it’s on to celebrating?
We know that when Mashiach comes, Tishah B’Av will become a yom tov. But if he didn’t arrive yet this year and there are no signs of the Beis HaMikdash being rebuilt, have we lost the meaning of the Three Weeks and the Nine Days? Are we at all disappointed that we will be celebrating Shabbos Nachamu in galus?
With all the takeout food flyers and recipes flooding the Internet, you’d think that the Nine Days was some milchig gastronomic extravaganza instead of a time where we refrain from meat because eating meat is a sign of simcha. Instead it’s one fabulous new recipe to try after another. Have we lost our perspective again?
It is also a shame on us that during these Three Weeks there has been continued strife, name-calling, and, worst of all, actual fist-fighting among Jews. I am appalled by the news of chareidim beating up other chareidim because they are wearing the uniform of an IDF soldier. I am appalled to read that religious Zionists are being called “non-Jews.” Do we think that sinas chinam, which destroyed the Beis HaMikdash and put us into this galus, doesn’t apply to us?
And just last week I read, in this paper, the article by Larry Gordon where he interviewed an anonymous rosh yeshiva who is afraid to have himself quoted for fear of what others will say about him and his yeshiva. Our leaders can’t speak their mind for fear of reprisals.
The generation in Mitzrayim was almost at the lowest level of tumah, and had they sunk any lower wouldn’t have been redeemed. What level are we on? Are we going to self-destruct, or is there hope for us as a united nation coming together with ahavah for one another?
It is now late afternoon on Tishah B’Av and I am going to end with hoping that you all had an easy and meaningful fast and that next year, iy’H, we will be celebrating Tishah B’Av in Yerushalayim at the Beis HaMikdash embraced by the Shechinah.
This Sunday night, July 21, Anshei Shalom of Jamaica Estates and Chazaq present Rabbi Jonathon Rietti at 8:30 p.m. (sushi will be served at 8:00 p.m.), 80-15 Kent Street. Men and women are welcome. Admission is free. For more information, call or text 917-617-3636.
Join the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, in conjunction with Extraordinary Orthodox Singles, for a fun-filled, enjoyable Shabbat August 9–10. The targeted age is 27–35. Shabbaton includes all catered meals and hospitality. If you have any questions regarding the application process or Shabbaton schedule, please e-mail Reena at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application can be found at http://tinyurl.com/m2njm8g. Please note filling out an application does not mean you have been accepted. Organizers will reach out to participants within 24 hours of applying. v
Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage, with offices in Kew Gardens Hills and Fresh Meadows. For all your real-estate needs in Queens, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail email@example.com.