Question: The 9th of Av is considered a national day of mourning for the Jewish people. On the 9th of Av, the First and Second Temples were destroyed, the Inquisition began, and they were expelled from Spain, which the Jews considered their home. On the 9th of Av, the slaughter of Jews by Bohdan Khmelnytsky began. On this day in 1914, the First World War began, and with this it touched the whole world.
Today how relevant is this date the 9th of Av?
Question: So it should be standing in front of us, looming?
Answer: This will protect us from stupidity.
Question: The future generations will go through the 9th of Av as well?
Answer: Until the world is completely corrected, this is the source of evil.
Question: Should we be afraid of this day?
Answer: It is good when it passes calmly. I’m being completely serious.
Comment: They say that one should not be signing contracts on this day.
My Response: In general, it is better not to do anything on this day.
Question: Do you mean that this is for all the people of the world or is it still for Jews?
Answer: First of all, for the Jews, because it depends on them how this 9th of Av will pass through them and around the world. So, if it passes calmly, you can continue to move further toward correction, hoping that it will be done in such calm steps.
Question: Can this blackest day turn into the brightest?
Answer: Naturally! Of course! But when it will be depends on us. When our nation will understand what they have to do, agree with it, and turn the day of hatred into a day of love. That’s all.
Question: I see that when the 9th of Av comes, it is only a day of mourning. No one thinks that this day should be turned into a bright day. People don’t think that. Should there be a thought like this?
Answer: Of course, there should be! Yes, indeed! After all, our problem is that we generally deny any obligation on the Jews in this world. This is a problem! This problem has been going on since the exodus from Egypt and receiving the Torah.
It is necessary to fulfill it! To fulfill it so that the rest of the nations of the world will come to its fulfillment too.
And the fulfillment does not consist in performing some mechanical movements, but in loving your neighbor as yourself. That’s what’s missing.
Everyone once heard that “love your neighbor as yourself” is the main testament of the Torah, but no one thinks that it is mandatory for everyone in the whole world to fulfill it. For whom is it an obligation?
For the whole world, this is a kind of voluntary, non-coercive offer. And for the Jewish people, this is compulsory. We have pledged ourselves, we received a property, a connection with the upper force that will correct us for this in accordance with our wishes, our requests. And we don’t demand it. That’s it; it all went astray from there.
Question: Please tell me. After the First and Second Temples were built we were moving toward love for our neighbor. Why was it necessary for the 9th of Av to appear and for these Temples to be destroyed?
Answer: In order for us to start correcting them. Because the construction was going on from above. We were given a power that somehow united us.
Question: So two Temples were built from above?
Answer: Of course. The force comes from above, not from us, from ourselves.
And the Third Temple, we must still realize how necessary it is and demand it ourselves from below.
Question: Will the Third Temple be built by the whole world?
Answer: It will be built in the hearts of those who strive for the Creator. They are called the people of Israel. And then it will be taken up by the whole world.
Comment: You mean, Israel is not today’s Jews, Israelis who live in Israel, Jews with a mom and a dad according to the passport, but those who strive for the Creator.
My Response: Yes. In principle, those who aspire to the Creator are called “Israel,” and they are obliged to fulfill the connection and spread it throughout the world.
Let’s hope that this is the last time we celebrate, if we can say “celebrate,” this gloomy date, and from this time onward, it will be the opposite date of unity and connection, turning into love.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 7/15/21