Lessons from the Temple's destruction

We must identify the values ​​that feed the eternal fire of the Jewish people and the Israeli ethos. Opinion.

MK Avi Dichter,

Avi Dichter
Avi Dichter
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The First Temple stood for 410 years, the Second Temple for 420.

When they were destroyed by the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar 2,600 years ago and by the Roman Titus 2,000 years ago, the Jewish political establishment in Israel was destroyed and the Jewish people almost exterminated. Those who were not killed were taken prisoner and became slaves or converted.

The few that survived kept the Jewish fire alive until our rebirth with the establishment of the State of Israel 70 years ago.

A few years before the establishment of the state, we went through a Holocaust, not at the hands of a kingdom but at the hands of a nation, when the Nazi oppressor annihilated six million members of the Jewish people who had been exiled from their land since the destruction of the Second Temple.

On the day of the mourning for the destruction of the Temples here in Israel, and between the kinot [lamentations] at the Western Wall and other places, we must ask again and again what lessons we have learned from the national disaster, the first and the second, according to which we can steer the course of the State of Israel. How we can transmit the Jewish and Israeli torch from generation to generation, adding value-based and practical layers that more strongly fortify the national and Jewish strength of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people - for us in Israel and for Jews around the world.

While mourning, we should internalize the fact that we have the strength of spirit, Jewish and national, to rebuild ourselves as a people and a nation.

Many peoples who lived by our side in the Middle East have since disappeared in the wake of wars. Their torch went out as it was passed from one generation to another. We must identify the values ​​that preserve our strength and identity and, in particular, feed the eternal fire of the Jewish People and the Israeli ethos. The Nation of Israel lives.


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