Tisha Bav, mouning the destruction of our inner temple

Where is God?

by yedidah on July 15, 2013

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Where is God? Why can’t I sense His presence? This question troubles us throughout the year, but is given added poignancy on this day, Tisha B’Av, the day of the destruction of the Temple.
Rabbi Ashlag teaches us that the destruction we need to focus on, is the destruction of our own inner sanctuary for God’s presence.

So says the Lord: “A voice is heard on high, lamentation, bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, she refuses to be comforted for her children for He is not.”¬† He is not at the center of our lives. (The Zohar on Lamentations )

Adapted from a talk given by Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb at Gush Katif 1997

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