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Glass-Half-Empty Consciousness of Tisha b’Av
We weep for the sorry state of our reality, yet find a way to embrace the present with unconditional acceptance.
We await Mashiach with certain faith that he could materialize at any moment, weeping for the sorry state of our reality without him, and yet also find a way to embrace our present moment (despite his no-show) with unconditional acceptance, knowing that "everything G-d does is for good."
Temple Currency
Do we truly understand what was lost with the Temple's Destruction?
Some people know there was once a Temple; it was the place where G-d's indwelling resided, where one could see miracles and connect with G-d in a tangible way. The Temple will be rebuilt, please G-d, very soon, but its loss is a tragedy that we must live with every day.
Decrease In Joy
When we act with self-sacrifice, we bring the Redemption closer
G-d did not eradicate the Jewish people because Pinchas avenged His honor. The Shelah reminds us that when we see an act that desecrates the name of G-d or the Torah, we should be zealous to stop it.
Visions of Redemption
As the destruction was prophesied, so too we trust in the renewal foretold
Every descent is for the sake of the ascent that will surely follow. The tragic events we annually mourn for at this time of year are for the purpose of the great elevation that will come from them, the rebuilding of the final and everlasting Temple, may this be fulfilled soon!
Twenty-Two Days
The "Three Weeks" are comparable to drawing the outline of a picture, which is then filled in with a full array of color.
The customs of mourning we adopt during these days mirror the primordial contraction occuring before the creation of the world that created the outline or the "place" of the world.

By feeling deeply the broken world we live in, we acquire the compassion and tools to rectify the world and ourselves, thereby fulfilling our crucial mission as individuals and as Jews.
Fifteenth of Av -- Tu B'Av
Jewish Holidays and the Full Moon
The Fifteenth of Av, today a relatively minor event in our experience of the yearly cycle, is the Jewish Holiday that among all holidays most captures the essence of its Full Moon component. We mark the day merely with omitting certain petitionary sections of the weekday prayers and no Dancing Daughters dressed in white, for the luminance of 15 Av has yet to shine forth. We are still in galut, still in the dark stretch of this cycle, still climbing out of the descent into which we have been plunged by the events of 17 Tammuz—9 Av.
G-d Fulfills Righteous Wills
Persistence paves the way to Redemption.
Exile can be compared to pregnancy. Just as during pregnancy the discomfort grows, so too the pain of the exile grows from minute to minute; Just as the birth of a child is anticipated, so too do we look forward to the end of the exile which will herald a millennium of revelation.
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