The period of time between the 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) is considered to be the most difficult period of the year. There is no mysticism about this. There are simply “forces of judgment” and “forces of mercy” in nature. These three weeks until Tisha B’Av, which are called “The Three Weeks” are a time in which the forces of judgment are particularly at work.
These are forces that place before us particularly great demands for correction, clarification, and introspection. But since we are not ready for this and are unable to transform these forces of judgment into forces of kindness and mercy, we feel particular pressure at this time, many problems and all kinds of punishments.
Question: There are people who are afraid to go to the sea with their children at this time. Is this fear justified?
Answer: There are pleasant, good, and desirable periods, and there are unpleasant, bad, and undesirable periods. The best time is Purim. This is the symbol of the completion of correction, which is called the “coming of the Messiah.” However, when we correct ourselves, the unpleasant and bad three weeks before Tisha B’Av become the most successful period.
Tisha B’Av is considered to have been the worst day for Jews throughout all of history because on specifically this day the First and Second Temples were destroyed, the Jews were expelled from Spain, and a multitude of other disasters happened, and in spite of all this, we can transform this day into the best day.
Question: Couldn’t it be that this is simply a self-fulfilling prophecy because we expect their unpleasantness?
Answer: It is not a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is talking about the activity of forces that existed even before the appearance of humans on the face of the earth.
These forces prepare themselves for such activity, even in the upper worlds, that later becomes materialized in our world, the lowest and worst of all the worlds. The forces of judgment and forces of mercy were created in nature from the start. These are the left and right lines, and the person is in the middle. If we can tilt the world in the direction of compassion and kindness, then we correct all these bad forces, all the judgments, all the unpleasant situations, into good situations.
But this is possible only on condition that we connect and unite. Otherwise, we have no possibility of doing this. So, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” is considered to be the general and essential law of the Torah, which includes within it all of our corrections, all of the actions that we must carry out in this world.
We cannot only stop the forces of judgment, but also transform their action into something good. They will become forces of good, much better than those forces that now seem to us as good that spoil and pamper us.
Nature is preparing terrible disasters for us for the next ten years. This summer Europe has been damaged by terrible heat that reached 50 degrees centigrade. At the same time, scientists predict a decrease in solar activity and the arrival of a new ice age.
If man himself corrects the forces of judgment and transforms them to good, he can use them to direct their action, with the help of all of humanity to correct all of humanity, the entire world, ranging from relationships between people to the climate, all natural disasters: typhoons, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and more.
From the Israeli Radio Program 103FM, 7/14/15