Question: The ninth of Av (Tisha B’Av) is a special day of mourning. On this day, the destructions of the first and second temples took place, as well as many other tragic events in the history of the Jewish people.
However, nowadays, secular people do not pay much attention to this day. What is the importance of the day, and how does it relate to our lives today?
Answer: I think the reason our contemporaries in Israel don’t know about the ninth of Av is that they do not associate themselves with their history.
Young people think, “Well, once upon a time, there was a temple, but since then, two thousand years have passed. It has nothing to do with my life now. Why should I return again and again to the same story? Other nations do not care about what happened to them thousands of years ago.”
Really, there were many important events in ancient Rome, Greece, and Germany, but people who now live in these countries do not commemorate them. Similarly, the younger generation of Israel does not give any value to the ninth of Av.
Yet, by all means, they would re-evaluate their attitude if they knew that Jewish holidays are not related to historic events. Our history reflects what happens in nature. It is nature that engraves humanity’s advancement on the calendar.
We think that history began 14 billion years ago at the time when the universe emerged, or 4 ½ billion years ago when planet Earth appeared in the solar system. We easily can skip a prehistoric period that preceded the appearance of humanity, such as the Mesozoic or Paleozoic. The history of humanity can be calculated from the appearance of the “first man” Adam.
Adam was not a primeval man who showed up as a result of the evolution of monkeys who came down the trees hundreds of thousands of years ago as archaeological excavations show. The first man Adam lived 5775 years ago. He was the first one who disclosed the system that governs this world.
On one hand, this discovery became possible because of a great desire he had. On the other hand, this discovery was predetermined from above. So Adam revealed the system of the higher governance and began exploring the world. He launched a school of his own and was followed by disciples who later continued his research.
These events are described in the Torah, in Josephus’s (Flavius) writings, and in many other sources. Adam was the first who disclosed the upper governing system called the Creator, the system of the higher power that controls all of nature.
There is no need to visualize this power as divine, spiritual images. It’s just one general superior power that includes a plurality of forces. This power is informative and sensate. It supports all of nature. It is the power of higher governance.
Adam was the first one who disclosed this power. This explains why he is called the First Man. Numerous people lived before him. Many generations elapsed before his birth. He was born of a father and mother like everyone else.
Adam wrote the book, The Angel Raziel (Raziel Hamalaach), which is available nowadays. He had many disciples. The Torah colorfully describes the events that happened to Adam’s students. One of Adam’s disciples, Noah, was saved from the flood on the ark that arrived at Mount Ararat.
Until now, people are looking for the remains of the ark and shoot Hollywood movies about these events. Adam and Noah deserve a good compensation for providing great scenarios for popular movies.
Adam’s discovery was transferred from student to student, from generation to generation. Each of his followers started a school of their own. This is how humanity grew and eventually came to the state of Ancient Babylon.
To be continued.
From KabTV’s “A New Life” 7/5/15