It’s that time of year again: the Three Weeks, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem and the subsequent exile of our nation. But, as the chassidic masters write, “A single act is better than a thousand groans.” We can (and should) do more than just mope and sigh. The Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory—was wont to suggest a two-part concrete course of action:
a. The Temples were destroyed and Jewish sovereignty was lost due to senseless infighting among our people. Reach out to others in kindness and love, and we’ll be one step closer to where we ought to be.
b. Even if the Temples no longer exist in our physical world, we can recreate them in the worlds of thought and speech. Learn about the layout, function and significance of the Holy Temple, and it’s all that much closer to becoming reality.
Let us hope and pray that if we all do our part, G‑d will determine that the time has finally come for suffering to end and for our people to be restored to our rightful home in Israel. Amen.
on behalf of the Chabad.org Editorial Team