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TISHA B’AV\THE NINTH OF AV

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments

TISHA B’AV AND SELF-DISCOVERY
 TISHA B’AV\THE NINTH OF AV
 

The Talmud (Yoma 9b) states: “The First Temple was destroyed because of three sins that took place in that era – idol worship,  adultery, and murder. Whereas during the period of the Second Temple the people where engaged in Torah study, the performance of Mitzvoth, and good deeds. If so, why was the Second Temple destroyed? It was destroyed because the people of that generation were affected with the trait of baseless hatred.”
 
 Rabbi Akiva taught that the axiomatic principle of the Torah is: “Love your fellow as you love yourself.” There are two components of love: (1) Deed and (2) Thought. “Deeds of Love” means to perform acts of kindness – unconditionally, abundantly, and unceasingly.
 
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