With all the politics and just the current state of things, it's easy to forget that Eretz Yisrael is actually much bigger than Medinat Yisrael...
Note: English dates are for the year 2018 only.
We've recently entered the month of Tammuz (June 13-July 12), which is followed by the month of Av (July 13-August 10).
Historically, these months contain a lot of tragedy and difficulties.
This is due to the mazal, the astrological influence, of these months.
If you find it harder to work on certain character traits or you find certain flaws getting the best of you, the mazal (Crab/Cancer and Lion/Leo) is the reason...
Over the years, I've learned to dread Tammuz and Av.
But I'm trying to view them as the opportunities they actually are, and not as the obstacles and frustration they end up feeling like.
A while back, I wrote a post describing my experiences in Tammuz and explaining the astrological effects based on the Kli Yakar:
How to Fight the Crabby Mazal of Tammuz
Later, the Kli Yakar mentions the effect of Av: the Lion.
Lions tend to savage their prey, which is why hatred and other person-to-person sins came to a head with the Destructions of both Temples on the 9th of Av...
- How to chastise so that people will actually take it to heart
- Some Jewish astrology regarding the signs of Cancer and Leo
- Powerful advice for every generation...
- [includes advice for minimizing Jew-hatred & some of the spiritual physics & psychology behind it]
Toras Avigdor just came out with a special Tisha B'Av video of Rav Avigdor Miller explaining what this week and that day are all about.
Just a couple of tidbits:
Thinking about the Churban means thinking about how we can strive for excellence....
This year, the end of the Nine Days ended up being an emotional roller coaster...
I always find it very hard to relate to the times when either Beit Hamikdash was standing.
Meaning, I find it hard to visualize what it must have been like, what exactly it gave to us and what exactly we lack now.
It's hard to know what you've never experienced...
If you go to the post Mishkoltz Rebbe Shlit"a: Geula This Year - If... and also read the comments, you'll see a clarifying discussion of the Rebbe's valuable directive.
The Mishkoltz Rebbe apparently claimed that we will merit Mashiach this year if we strengthen ourselves in the following 3 ways:
- Emuna in the Creator of the World
- Achdut (Unity) within Am Yisrael...