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4 Menachem Av, 5711,

Greetings and blessings,

… In the Nine Days, we all recall our Sages’ statement1 that the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash came about because of the sin of unwarranted hatred; i.e., the people did not show love for one another without any reason or basis [for such conduct]. We Jews all desire to leave the exile as soon as possible. Consequently, we must remove the reason that led to the exile. The way to correct [the fault of unwarranted hatred] is unwarranted love; i.e., loving one’s fellow Jew when there is no [apparent] reason to. This includes even a Jew from whom the Jewish people do not derive any benefit. Indeed, we don’t know any Jew who derives benefit from him. There is even a doubt as to whether the charge “Love your fellowman as yourself” applies to him because he cannot be considered “your fellowman.”2 He does not study the Torah, nor does he fulfill its mitzvos. “Unwarranted love” teaches that one must love even such a Jew.

When we conduct ourselves in this manner, we remove the reason that led to the destruction [of the Beis HaMikdash] and the exile. When one Jew illuminates his [private] corner, his portion of the world is illumined and light is increased until the exile [as a whole] will ultimately be illuminated and we will merit the complete and true Redemption in our time, led by Mashiach.

With blessings for a good summer in material and spiritual matters.