Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Tragedy of the First of Av


A religious Jewish group went to one version of Aharon Hakohen's burial spot on his Yahrtzeit undercover in Jordan, according to Ladaat.net, where more pictures are shown. Others dispute this being his burial spot.



The first of Av is Aharon Hakohen's Yahrtzeit. After his death, the king of Arad fought against the Jewish people. What was the sin that caused this?

The Ya'arot Devash explains that the Jewish people sinned by not praying for Aharon Hakohen not to die before he died and only waiting until after he died to cry about his death.

The Yerushalmi quotes an opinion that says that the first Beit Hamikdash was really destroyed on the first of Av. However, the Ya'arot Devash asks from Esther Rabba 7:11 how Tamuz and Av could not accept any more major tragedies and couldn't accept Haman's lottery to fall upon them. Similarly, we should say that the first of Av had this terrible tragedy of Aharon's death and it should not accept another tragedy on the same day.

He explains that if the Jewish people didn't consider Aharon's death a tragedy before his death, then the date of Rosh Hodesh Av can be used for another tragedy years later - for the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash. (Hat tip YUTorah)

We see from here that crying after the tragedy didn't prevent that day from being used again. It's only the prayers of protest to Hashem in advance that would have.

Check out this scary Lazer Beams post. Let us pray to be saved from all troubles which should not come.

17 Comments:

At Tue Jul 13, 06:54:00 PM 2010, Anonymous Shiloh said...

Yaak, have you listened to Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak? He has been speaking some hard truths. He is very concerned about Jews in America especially. I don't believe there is much time left to get out with little one may have. Just looking at the second coming financial collapse should be enough to awaken us. I certainly hope you follow your parents and head for Israel. See you at home soon b'ezrat haShem

 
At Tue Jul 13, 07:02:00 PM 2010, Anonymous Akooka said...

I have serious doubts about all the prophecies of holocaust, and world war. Given the level of teshuva around the world, I foresee only good things for Bnei Israel. The only thing that awaits us is great simcha with the coming of the Moshiach and the building of the Third Temple.

 
At Tue Jul 13, 09:55:00 PM 2010, Anonymous Sfaradi said...

The days of the prophecies of rage are over. We are in the full Geulah process. There will NOT be another holocaust for the Jewish people EVER AGAIN!

Hashem loves His people, and this time He's going to show it to all of the world in an explicit manner.

My personal opinion is that everyone should hold positive thoughts, now and always, and be sure with full בטחון that Hashem is good for His people. In the past few years many people began to understand the power of thought, as was written down by Moharan centuries ago, that if you think hard enough about something - you'll be there - for good and for bad.

Too bad Breslovers and non-Breslovers alike are creating (not in purpose) thoughts about holocaust in the minds of the believers. They (indeliberately) omit Rebbe Nachman's words that says that the mere thought could bring to its fulfillment. This is why positive thought and Simcha is fundamental in Breslov.

I thank you, Yaak, for not quoting the whole post about "the troubles". Let's all concentrate on good and positive thoughts; Hashem loves us. Hashem brought us to the Land of Israel. Hashem delivers us. Hashem will deliver us.

Hashem LOVES us!

 
At Wed Jul 14, 09:36:00 AM 2010, Anonymous neshama said...

Yaak, at least open a file with both the JA and Nefesh, fill out apps for everyone, you will have a year to fulfill them. Prevention is half the cure. Start the process. One never knows if it will be necessary to leave ASAP or in the 'right' time.

With a file open, surely you would be on 'the list' to be evacuated early on.

(chv's it should come to this, but one never knows)

 
At Wed Jul 14, 11:25:00 AM 2010, Anonymous Shiloh said...

Yaak, Neshama is right, just so you know it takes time for those organizations to prepare your file. When I made aliyah it took an average of 3 months. Mine took 3 days but that is rare. There will be a cut off time and no one know's that date.

Here's that site of Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak if you don't have it.

http://beta1.shofar-tv.com/player.php?id=369

 
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At Fri Jul 16, 11:50:00 AM 2010, Anonymous Shiloh said...

Yaak, let's give you a personal example as I am not returning home because of what any rabbi discussed.

We where in Israel during purim. There was very strange physical events taking place that the religious where surely speaking about. Sign, from haShem. maybe, maybe not.

When we returned, I had much work until I paid off the trip, then it changed. I am in a medium sized city of about 1 million people. I am known to be one of the top high end cabinet installers, rumored, top 3. For me, so what. Then, job after job, cancelled, delayed. My income dropped 30%. The company I work for was baffled, they wondered why themselves why my jobs for months went this way. It was only my jobs that consistently fell through. There are about 50 installers in the company I work for alone. sign? coincidence?

The new housing market here is very busy, the resale market is in trouble. So there is plenty of work to go around.

I also have many physical problems that ensure that I cannot return to that type of job which surfaced badly in the last 6 months. When I am away from it, they disappear. Sign, na.

So we put the house up for sale. No bites, no calls. Then one day, someone calls and wants the house. No, not looking, refusing to say no to buying it. Thank G-d, they bought it. sign, for sure not.

Then I put the truck up for sale. The ad was posted, one call. Then my ad was hacked and the company took the ad of the internet. But the one call came and bought the truck. coincidence for sure.

So, then all my used tools had to go. No calls again, for many days. Then one call, a man came and bought everything except for a few odds and ends. luck, I am sure.

Ok, so we then decided we would book a flight on a certain day with wanting certain seats. Lo and behold, the plane was full. Well, not quite, the seats we wanted on an otherwise sold out flight where available. Guess we should play the lottery now. Actually we don't win at that, so it's not lottery luck.

So what is it. Thoughts creating a reality? Is it haShem helping us to return home? Is it a conspiracy to rid me of a job? You the judge. We listen or we don't. Simple emunah maybe.

Again, no rabbi influenced me. I don't need them for that. I only need our Father to show me. Some need rabbi's to help, that's ok. I just hope those that say it's not here, are not mistaken.

Have an incredible Shabbat. Shiloh

 
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At Wed Jul 21, 03:00:00 AM 2010, Anonymous Shiloh said...

update: We arrived in Israel on this 9th of Av. Back in Jerusalem. Waiting for the rest of you.

 

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