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1 Av 5759 - July 14 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Our Mourning Brings the Geula

Rav Nachman said to Rav Yitzchok (Sanhedrin 96): "Have you heard when Bar Nafli is coming?"

"Who is Bar Nafli?"


"Do you call Moshiach `Bar Nafli -- son of falling'?"

`Yes, because it is written, `On that day I will bring up the fallen Succah of Dovid.' (Amos 9)"

@BIG LET BODY = There is a profound lesson for us in this gemora -- and a message of hope.

Moshiach is a "son of falling," because the falling itself, if acknowledged and treated properly, brings Moshiach.

As long as we recognize that we have fallen and we mourn our situation and long for it to end, there is hope of rising again.

As long as Jewish hearts turn to the Mikdash Hashem as a spiritual center; as long as we strive to implement Torah in our daily lives and the Beis Hamikdash is considered the apex of keeping the Torah; as long as the Jewish people recognizes its obligation to keep Torah and mitzvos fully; as long as Yisroel sees itself as sanctified to service to Hashem, not only in its heart and thought but fully and bodily like in the Beis Hamikdash, so that the whole of a person is given over to Hashem, even the blood, limbs and nesochim, so that the entire being of a person is sanctified to Hashem -- as long as this persists, then the Beis Hamikdash is not completely destroyed and the Succah of Dovid is not fallen, at least in the hearts of Yisroel.

And if we can say that today, when the destruction is so evident, how much more will it be so when the Geula finally comes!

Whoever mourns Yerushalayim will rejoice in its redemption -- because the mourning helps to bring the redemption, and as long is the proper things are deeply mourned, there is no complete destruction.

But if, chas vesholom, Yisroel turns its back on Yerushalayim and sees the Har Habayis as mere historical ruins, and takes this period as only an external and inconsequential ceremony commemorating a terrible act in the past but with no vision of what is missing and should be restored in the future, then Tzion is truly destroyed and the Succah is fallen.

Certainly the mourning is most intense in this period, but it is something that should inform our lives throughout the year.

The third posuk in Eichah says, "She sat among the nations, and did not find a resting place." Rebbe Akiva Eiger explains that if we try to sit permanently among the nations, and we compete with them in wealth and prestige, therefore we do not find a resting place. We are in exile and not in our proper element as long as we are not in our own land and not in a society that recognizes Torah principles as the basis of life. If we try to act as if this is not so, then we are rudely reminded that we have no rest in exile.

We must live all the time with the awareness that we are fallen and that all of Creation is fallen. That is the lesson that we must learn from these days, and if we have learned our lesson well, there is hope for a better future.

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