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in order to rebuild

Friday, 24 July, 2015 - 7:03 am

If one has enjoyed reading a book yet was left disappointed upon finishing the book, this may discourage him from reading the sequel. Our sages say; ‘Everything goes according to the end – HaKol holeich achar ha'chitum’. 

This week's Torah portion focuses on the many challenges the Jews faced during their 40 year sojourn in the desert as well as the mistakes they made "making G-d angry". However, the Torah portion ends off with Moses’s message to his successor Joshua, who will take the people into the Land and lead them in the battles for its conquest: “Fear them not, for the L‑rd your G‑d, He shall fight for you.”

In essence, what Moses is saying is that although we may have gone down a path less traveled and may have made mistakes, this was all part of the process of bringing us to the point of where we have the faith and the wherewithal to recognize that Hashem Yilachem Lachem – G-d will fight for you.

This is also connected with Tisha B'Av, where the Midrash tells us that while the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed; it was a demolition in order to rebuild. Hashem did not destroy the Temple for no reason but as a part of the rebuilding process. 

May we merit to not have to fast this year on Tisha B'Av with the coming of Moshiach Now.

If we do need to fast you can find the laws and customs here.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 

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