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Rebuilding Jerusalem | Sharona Margolin Halickman

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As we commemorate the Quickly of the Tenth of Tevet, we have to move again and replicate on how we can rebuild Jerusalem.

What happened on the Tenth of Tevet?

We go through in Melachim II (Kings II) 25:1-3:

And in the ninth year of his (Zedkiah’s) reign (587 BCE), on the tenth working day of the tenth month (Tevet), Nevuchadnezzar moved from Jerusalem with his entire military. He besieged it and they developed towers from it all about. The metropolis ongoing in a condition of siege right until the eleventh yr of King Zedekiah. By the ninth working day of the fourth thirty day period, Tamuz, the famine experienced grow to be acute in the town there was no foods remaining for the typical folks.

The siege of Jerusalem and the surrounding towns lasted for a year and seven months in the end culminating in the destruction of the Very first Temple in the Fifth Month (Av), 586 BCE.

Sixty-8 years afterwards, in the calendar year 518 BCE, as the Jews have been returning to construct the Next Temple a dilemma was requested (Zecharia 7:3):

Shall I weep and practice abstinence in the fifth month (on Tisha B’Av, The 9th of Av) as I have been doing all these decades?

Zecharia been given the pursuing prophecy to relate back again (Zecharia 7:5-6):

Say to all the persons of the land and to the monks: When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and seventh months (Tisha B’Av and Tzom Gedalia) all these seventy a long time, did you rapidly for My benefit? And when you try to eat and drink, who but you does the consuming, and who but you does the ingesting?

Zecharia described what to do (7:9):

Execute correct justice deal loyally and compassionately with one particular yet another.

In accordance to Radak this means that when judging situations amongst two litigants, you must often execute true justice and at occasions, you must extend yourselves past the letter of the law with functions of benevolence and mercy.

Zecharia’s prophecy continues (7:10):

Do not defraud the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the inadequate and do not plot evil in opposition to 1 a different.

Zecharia is describing what was finished incorrect in the previous and what demands to be fixed.  The worth of these quick days is not about refraining from having and drinking but instead about fundamental behavior that was not adopted the initially time about major to the destruction of the Temple and exile. Now is the option to repair this conduct.

Several of the challenges that Zecharia describes are continue to with us currently. We have difficulties in our courts as nicely as poverty and unfair remedy of selected segments of the populace.

Covid-19 has exacerbated many of these problems. Couples who are about to be divorced are not equipped to total the procedure since the courts are currently being closed down due to lockdowns. This is creating a great deal of needless anxiety.

Considering the fact that the federal government has nevertheless not approved a finances and prefers to announce new elections, all those who stay underneath the poverty line have not been allotted the dollars that is owing to them.

In addition, many Israelis have been out of operate for months but not absolutely everyone operates in a classification that is eligible for unemployment.

These concerns will have to be rectified. All those with the electrical power should not be taking edge of people who are at their mercy.

Let us see what we can do about correcting these faults. Only then can we stop fasting, get started feasting and really rebuild Jerusalem.

Sharona retains a BA in Judaic Research from Stern Faculty and an MS in Jewish Instruction from Azrieli Graduate University, Yeshiva University. Sharona was the 1st Congregational Intern and Madricha Ruchanit at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY. Just after building aliya in 2004, Sharona started Torat Reva Yerushalayim, a non profit group dependent in Jerusalem which delivers Torah research teams for college students of all ages and backgrounds.

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