The 9th of Av symbolizes the destruction of the Temple, which occurred because of the unfounded hatred in the people of Israel. And we see that throughout history there have been and are some groups within the Jewish people who are at war with one another. This is the very same hatred.
The Jews are the people that Abraham gathered in Ancient Babylon when there was hatred between people. He taught that there is only one remedy against hatred: to rise to love above all hatred that had grown to the heavens like the tower of Babel.
Some of the inhabitants of Babylon followed Abraham and he took them from Babylon to Canaan, to the land of Israel. The rest remained in Babylon.
Abraham taught his disciples to live by the law of loving one’s neighbor as oneself. This main rule “love will cover all crimes” separated them from all other peoples of the world who remained in Babylon and then scattered throughout the Earth.
And those who followed Abraham were representatives of all nations, but they were able to unite together and become the people of Israel, which means “straight to the Creator” (Yashar-Kel), that is, straight to unity, to love one’s neighbor. They strived to get closer and become brothers, and to some extent they succeeded.
They had to go through the Egyptian exile, through many trials on their way, but it only strengthened them. They became closer and really became one people; they called themselves Israel (“straight to the Creator”) as a sign that they were striving for one power—the power of love.
But egoism does not calm down, it awakens again and confuses a person, so over time, various groups began to form in the people of Israel that opposed the method of Abraham. They wanted to live under capitalism so that everyone would do what they wanted instead of living as one community. Real wars and struggles began between them.
Throughout history, the people of Israel have been at war within themselves, and the reason is always the same: “for” or “against” unification. This was the case when the First Temple and the Second Temple were destroyed. All the downfalls were only because some groups called for uniting and covering all crimes with love, while others were against and did not agree.
This continues to this day. That is why the people of Israel have been subjected to exile, much suffering, and dislike by all the peoples of the world. After all, other peoples also came out of Ancient Babylon, only they forgot about it.
Today both Jews and the nations of the world are scattered throughout the Earth, and no one knows what love for one’s neighbor is. Since then, egoism has grown terribly in Jews and in the nations of the world. It is necessary to awaken the root cause in all to find out what is happening to the world, why the nations of the world still have grievances against the people of Israel, and what the mission of the people of Israel is. This needs to be explained to everyone.
Historians attribute the destruction of the First Temple to the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar and the Second Temple to the Roman Emperor Titus. However, Jews believe that the destruction was caused by conflicts within the people of Israel itself. And indeed, the reason for everything was unfounded hatred and disunity. By our resistance to unification, we caused the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
All our misfortunes are caused by the fact that we do not get along with one another and cannot achieve unity in the people of Israel.
Outwardly, it seems that the imperial troops and enemies are to blame for the destruction, but in fact, we ourselves, by the presence or absence of connection between us, set these empires for or against our existence and see the natural result. A foreign external force only executes the sentence, but we ourselves activate these forces within our own people. So we have no one to blame for our bitter fate but ourselves.
And today the same thing is happening: Persia (today’s Iran) and other Arab countries are against us, and all because there is no proper connection within us, and this creates a world of division and hatred among all.
Other nations may also have internal enmity, but there is no such hatred as there is in the people of Israel, because we hate the Jews within ourselves. The inner Jew is the desire that requires us to unite above our egoism and show the world that it is possible to live in peace, tranquility, and unity, and this will be the correction of the whole world.
This is what the Jew inside us says, but we do not want to listen to him. Only Kabbalists who study the science of Kabbalah, in which it is clearly spelled out in black and white for thousands of years, know that the Torah is based on its great rule: love for one’s neighbor as oneself. But no one wants to listen to them.
After all, unification sounds very beautiful in words, but as soon as people try to implement it, they become convinced that it is simply impossible and that it requires all of a person’s attention and one’s whole life. And people are not ready for this. This requires either a special integral education or very great suffering, which will make people give up their egoism and get closer to one another.
For more on this topic, read my books Like a Bundle of Reeds: why unity and mutual guarantee are today’s call of the hour, and The Jewish Choice: Unity or Anti-Semitism, Historical facts on anti-Semitism as a reflection of Jewish social discord.
From KabTV’s “Global Perspectives” 7/26/20
The 9th Of Av
Long Way To The Temple, Part 9
Opposition To Unity, Part 1