Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gedor Pirtzi Beven Partzi

On the seventeenth of Tamuz, the walls of Yerushalayim were breached. This is one of the reasons we fast on this day.

Throughout our exile, we, the Jewish people, have set up our own walls to stem the tide of being too influenced by the nations that surround us. The walls hold steady for a while, but the influences seep in little by little. Just when we think that a certain deviancy is pas-nisht for a Jew, we are proven wrong each and every time.  This too should be reason enough to fast.

The only things that can patch up the holes is learning Torah and doing Mitzvot and Hesed.  Those are the only remedies until Mashiah comes, at which time, he will be the leader that closes up the breaches.

Part of the liturgy for the seventeenth of Tamuz is:

גדור פרצי בבן פרצי, ומחדק לקוט שושן

Fence in my breach with the son of Peretz [i.e. Mashiah] and from the thorns, pick the rose.

May this be very soon.

1 Comments:

At Tue Jul 19, 02:40:00 PM 2011, Blogger Neshama said...

You said it very nicely. However I happen to think that there is a correlation between that horrific incident and Parshas Pinchas. Simply, immorality brings a plague, but only a korban olah that is totally burnt ( all of its parts ) : can atone and save the people. Much soul searching is needed.

 

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