This week features:
Souls Searching Truth in America
Beginning the 3 Weeks: Mourning Day & Night: Time to Pick Ourselves Up Off the Floor & Build
We once again enter the three weeks of contemplative introspection concerning the Holy Temple which was destroyed 1941 years ago. Are we any closer to building the Holy Temple today than we were a year ago? Are the three weeks of “mourning” helping to ready us for restoring the Divine service or has it become a cathartic device to “let us off the hook?” The prophet Ezekiel enigmatically describes the idolatrous cult of Tammuz, the eponymous namesake of our current month of mourning. Why did our sages adopt the name Tammuz ? What do we learn from the Rambam’s and Rashi’s understandings of the Tammuz blasphemy? Is our current festival of mourning and fasting leading us somewhere or are we stuck fast? Rabbi Richman has just returned from America humbled and gladdened by the courageous souls he met along spiritual byways and highways. All roads lead to the Holy Temple. Do we dare take the steps we need to take?