It’s been a long three weeks. We sighed and we cried. We fasted and sat on the floor. So, as we lamented on Tishah B’Av, “how can we be consoled?” What exactly is it about this Shabbos and the six that follow that will pull us out of our mourning and prepare us for a good year, be’ezras Hashem?
The Berditchever zt”l put it simply, but profoundly: “The very fact that it is Hashem Himself Who is consoling us is the greatest consolation of all” (Kedushas Levi, Shabbos Nachamu). Let us explore the deep meaning of these basic words.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
When you walk into a room where people are sitting close to the floor with ripped, dirty clothing, the atmosphere is heavy and sad. Not a word is exchanged. Then a menachem, a comforter, walks into the room. Initially, the people look at him with sad, knowing eyes. Then they slowly come alive, sharing stories of their departed loved one, exchanging reminiscences. “What do you remember?” they ask. “What can you share?” They then accept words of chizuk as expressed in the eternal words of nechomah: HaMakom yenacheim es’chem.
During the first nine days of Av, we are all mourners, sitting in despair and pain. We speak of the days when the Bais Hamikdosh sat in the center of Yerushalayim. We reflect on how different and blessed life was at that time.