A Quick Thought About a Fast

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With the fast of Tisha B’Av approaching, I wanted to put out a quick and simple thought to my readers: Take care of those around you – your family and friends, the strangers you meet — even your enemies.

We’re told that the Holy Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed due to senseless hatred. The event that broke the camel’s back, that ignited the Romans wrath and caused them to burn down our holy city two thousand years ago was when a rich man publicly humiliated his enemy at a party (a man named Bar Kamsa), and all the guests stood idly by.

We’re also told, as I wrote about here, that God initially chose to build the Temple in the exact spot where he saw two brothers selflessly, modestly, and lovingly caring for each other.

We get so caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle that it’s hard to remember sometimes, but our task – our job here is so simple! The formula is so simple that even my four and six year old daughters could do it!

No more one-upmanship, jealousy, pettiness, or cut-throat behavior. No more taking twisted pleasure in the pain of others. Just look at the people in your life – the permenant fixtures, the ones that come in and out, and ask yourself “How can I make their time here better? How can I make their stay on this planet more pleasant?”

If we all committed to do this one simple task, tomorrow could be the last Tisha B’Av forever. Wishing you and yours an easy and meaningful fast.

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  1. Melanie Levenstein : July 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Amen!

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Allison

Allison is the Founder and Director of Jew in the City. Please find her full bio here.