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Av 6, 5772, 7/25/2012
Enough Crying. Enough Mourning.
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME.
Reality will not let us go with tractors at this moment to prepare ground for the Third Temple. However, at the very least, we can all work on the spiritual level of building the Temple.
In the book of Joshuah, we read in the first chapter, that G-d is telling him & the Nation of Israel that He is giving us the land, and that we must now go in and TAKE it:
It is not enough that G-d give us something. G-d may give us the Land of israel, but we must then TAKE it. if we had chosed to stay on the other side of the Jordan river, we never would have taken possession of the Land, even though G-d GAVE it to us. It's not enough to GIVE something. We must then in turn, TAKE it. G-d could give us the possibility to marry and have children, He could give us the possibility to make aliyah and move to Israel, etc... but when G-d gives, we must TAKE. It's hard to describe in a blog, but if I say to you, "Here, try some of my wonderfully delicious home made cookies!" It is not enough for me to hold the plate in front of you. You must physically reach out and take one of the delicious cookies. I can stand all day long holding the plate out towards you, but if you do not TAKE it, you will never get to enjoy the cookies I am giving you. The same with the Land of Israel. The same with the Holy Temple.
In 1967, G-d had us liberate the Temple Mount. He GAVE us the opportunity then and there to posses the Temple Mount and build the Temple. We did not TAKE it. So what do we do now, that the reality could spark a major war, if the Israeli government all of a sudden decided to physically build the Third temple? Well, we can AT LEAST build it on a spiritual level. One of the first things we need to do is to DESIRE it. YEARN for it. WANT it. Enough mourning. Le'ts tip the scales with ACTION. With more good deeds, more kindness, more charity giving and personal character-trait work. Let's talk to G-d each and every day, and tell him how much we want it. Let us be little children again when it comes to the excitement of wanting something so bad, that you use every opportunity to get close to it. Let us repair this national tragedy the Jewish People (and the World!) have suffered and are sorely missing in our lives. Watch this video which has gone viral. And then, let's take some -at least- spiritual action - and help build it, spiritual stone, by spiritual stone - until the rest of the people actually come together and agree it is time to physically re-build it!
And an email I received which you might also like to be a part of:
As the 9th of Av quickly approaches, as the mourning over the loss of the Temple and the divine service intensifies over the next several days, many hearts are open to act. This is the time to begin breaking the silence that has clouded the ongoing systemic suppression of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount.
We would like to see the petition rise to a minimum of 10,000 signatures by Sunday the 10th of Av. This year the fast is pushed from the 9th to the 10th in honor of the Sabbath. Fasting is prohibited on the Sabbath with Yom Kippur being the exception.
PLEASE URGE EVERYONE TO SIGN AND FORWARD THE DECLARATION!
By using email, facebook, twitter, message boards, news sites and more - we together can break the silence!
The Declaration can be signed at:
Be sure to also join and to invite your friends to the facebook event (already 4,300+ invites and 200+ attending/signers)