An Apt Tisha B’Av Message

(Hat tip RC)

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

4 thoughts on “An Apt Tisha B’Av Message”

  1. this is a moving emotional plea for unity amongst Jews – but it needs more
    These admirable promoters of unity must also plant the seeds of how people go about addressing their differences – which are often deep rooted dialogically based.
    Because of their love to another, people tend to over react, to become angry and intolerant quicker than were they dealing with a stranger to whom they felt no affinity.
    These pleas for unity fall short if all they do is arouse emotion but do not instruct on how to deal with frustration – proper values clarification and appropriate dispute resolution with a clear path toward mutual coexistence is where the hard work lies and is not sufficiently addressed by well meaning Rabbis and leaders.


    1. I’m not sure what you want here. Do you know this Rabbi? Do you know what activities he attempts to undertake? Emotion needs to be aroused so that it leads to action. There are halachically mandated cases where an individual is shunned. We’ve read two examples recently in the Torah, but this is a general message, and from where I stand it sounded earnest and powerful. If it leads to 10 more people improving in this regard (and I include myself) it has already achieved a purpose.


      1. I am saying that arousing emotion toward loving fellow Jew is, whilst admirable and was done effectively in this instance, it simply is not enough for the reason that vast majority of people do not know how to bridge their difference’s with other Jews. Call it emotional quotient, emotional intelligence, etc; most people simply don’t have what it takes to appreciate the position taken by others, perhaps they cant even articulate their own position – so these pleas to love everyone need to also provide the tools with which to approach and interact w Jews who adhere strongly to values that do not agree with them – do I have to spell out examples? reform, conservative v orthodox, orthodox v charedi, chassid v misnaged, left v right in politics, Zionist v anti Zionist….
        pick as many as you want – tragically there is no shortage of difference causing friction distrust and even outright hatred. The video effectively points out the futility of some of these perceived differences – that may well be but people need the tools, the wherewithal to tackle these differences effectively
        Love alone is not enough – love is an emotion – we need to apply sechel to give effect to the love – and that is challenging for the majority of us…


        1. Of course. I am sure that this Rabbi does teach his students more than an emotional injection. That being said, the emotional injection amongst some groups doesn’t yet penetrate the skin.


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