Ask why we mourn on Tisha B’Av - Religious Life

Ask why we mourn on Tisha B’Av

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz | Special to the Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:32 am

Why do the Jewish people mourn on Tisha B’Av? For some it is about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. For others, it is about historical persecution of the Jews culminating in the Holocaust. For some, it’s a personal inner day for reflection and growth.

But the rabbis explained the deeper problem: “The second Temple, where they engrossed themselves in Torah, Mitzvot and acts of loving-kindness, why was it destroyed? Because there was baseless hatred (sinat chinam) in it. This is to teach you that sinat chinam is equivalent to the three cardinal sins: idolatry, sexual immorality and murder” (Yoma 9b).

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