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I think about the 19-year-old yeshiva student who was stabbed to death in Israel a few days ago, the man who was shot outside the Young Israel of North Miami Beach two weeks ago, the men and women shot in synagogues across the USA, others who were attacked across the USA and Europe, and the cemeteries which are desecrated.Being Jewish is not always easy, subscribing to a different way of thinking than the rest of the world, following a system of rules codified hundreds and thousands of years ago.There is a stigma against being religious in our society, and Orthodox Jews are often considered weird, archaic, backwards cult members by less religious Jews, and the first step in bringing B’nai Israel together is twofold.Orthodox Jews have to learn to see the Divine Spark in each other and recognize the positive qualities each other has rather than the difference in halachic practice and interpretation, and non-Orthodox Jews have to understand and appreciate Orthodox Jews, which will in turn lead to Orthodox Jews having less animosity towards the less religious.whatever to anarchy, for he shows us that only by bearing the burdens of the existing law and submitting to it patiently, as the camel submits to being laden, does the free spirit acquire that ascendancy over tradition which enables him to meet and master the dragon "Thou shalt,"--the dragon with the values of a thousand years glittering on its scales.Please note that the posts on The Blogs are contributed by third parties. I have heard many amazing ideas over the last 36 hours about how to relate to Tisha B’Av today and I will attempt to share a few of them here.The opinions, facts and any media content in them are presented solely by the authors, and neither The Times of Israel nor its partners assume any responsibility for them. Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of the two Beit Ha Mikdashim in Jerusalem among many other historical tragedies such as the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and dating back to the false report of the 10 spies who delayed our entrance into Israel by 38 years, is often a confusing holiday.We are mourning the loss of something which we never really knew in the first place.
I’m in a holy place, a place that transcends simple physical space and is a reminder of what we used to have, an ability to come close to Hashem on a daily basis, a proximity that we are so removed from now.The National Compassion Fund has opened the National Compassion Fund Aurora/Pratt to support the families of those killed, injured, or harmed psychologically during the terrible shooting at the Henry Pratt facility in Aurora, Illinois.and the simple joys of simple men, shrunk from them in dismay; and yet a fearful attraction was in them, and, like the fruit on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they were terrible with the possibilities of the Unknown.One of the first sections of davening in the morning, before the first Kaddish, is a recounting of the daily offerings.What we are missing and what we are yearning for again is a shared national identity, but these days of glory won’t return to us if we don’t get along, if our hearts are still filled with baseless hatred and we spurn one another.