Friday, 24 July 2009

Do We Know What WE Are MOURNING?

Do we realize or internalize what we are mourning for now, during the 9 days.

The two days prior to Tisha B'Av is the Yartzheit of my father, may his soul rest in peace. In the first years after he died, I really missed him. I was distressed not to have a father. As time has gone by, yes, there are times I would love to ask my father advise or to discuss something with him, but I have gotten used to my relationship with my father being in lighting Yartzheit candles, doing Yizkor, doing mitzvos in his merit, studying Torah in his merit. After 25 years, I hardly remember what it was like to have a father in this world.

The Beis HaMikdash has been gone for far longer than 25 years. Do we remember what we are mourning or have we just gotten used to the fact that our reminder of the Beis haMikdash is the Kotel - a small section of the Western Wall of the Beis HaMikdash.

When we do visit the Kotel, do we stop and cry for the fact we really should be on the other side of it, or have we become accustomed to visiting The Wall.

Pirkei Avos teaches us there were 10 miracles that occurred on account of the Beis HaMikdash . Out of these, since I work with women, the first one really stands out. When we had the Temple, there were no miscarriages on account of the aroma of the meat of the holy sacrifices. Before you feel repulsed, the next miracle is that the meat of the holy sacrifices never became putrid. These two on their own should be enough of a motivator to cry for the Beis haMikdash.

If you are a woman who is of child bearing age and have children or are still waiting for children, surely knowing there is a way to ensure NO miscarriages. No loss of ones very own child. None of that form of deep pain and suffering.

If this is what the Beis HaMikdash achieved, don't we as Jewish women ALL want the Beis haMikdash back again?

If you do, please join us in our Worldwide Women's Tehillim Group. We unite women around the world through reciting Tehillim every Shabbos during daylight hours. We have at present women in Israel, South Africa, USA and Australia, but we only have enough to cover the sefer Tehillim once. Many women do several Tehillim.

As one member sent an email this morning "Many thanks for all your hard organisation - it's such a special and important group!"

Please join us. Help us unite and recite the prayers and praises of Hashem that contain healing abilities beyond our wildest dreams.

We are taught that the Geula (the Final Redemption) will come through the merit of Righteous Women. Come on ladies, we need you.

Please also join us in increasing our Mikvah Project - Purity with Dignity. We have thus far assisted to pay off the Mikvah Debts of 4 women and are raising funds for a 5th. We have helped over 40 women to ease their Mikvah Expenses.

Of those Mikvaot that we know of thus far, there is a need for at least US$1515 between them to help cover the Mikvah Costs of those women who can not pay. Even if the Mikvaot permit theese women to come in for free, there is still the cost to the Mikvah for the water, electricity, towels, soap, shampoo etc etc.

Please make your contribution to assist these important projects.

Join us in working to hasten the coming of our Righteous Redeemer and the Building of our Holy Temple

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