The original Asara B’Teves was a yom hadin (judgment day) on which it was decided whether there would be a churban that year.
Rav Shmuel explained that if we would understand that we are an elevated nation our task in this world would be so much easier.
What I believe we can take from this thought is the understanding that there is a dual universe, a spiritual-metaphysical universe that mirrors the physical one that we live in.
The media today tries to take advantage of this aspect of human nature by making stories sound sensational and as introducing it as breaking news.
When in the history of the world did all of the nations of the world ever claim that we stole Eretz Yisrael?
Another peculiar event that has covered the news recently is the players of the NFL who refuse to honor the flag and national anthem.
Suddenly it dawned on me that in 1967, during the Six-Day War, the armies of Israel recaptured the Temple Mount and the surrounding outer wall, which we refer to as the Kotel.
Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, zt”l, explains that the teshuvah of Rosh Hashanah is different from that of Yom Kippur and that of the mitzvah of teshuvah in general.
The disaster has unfolded on an epic scale, with the nation’s fourth-largest city mostly paralyzed by the storm that parked itself over the Gulf Coast.
If we place our leaders on the highest pedestal, often we are discouraged to try to emulate them.
There has been very little media coverage of the actual events, and there are many unanswered questions.
Of the travesties listed in the Gemara the one that is most obviously becoming more rampant is mishkav zachor.
Hashem created this world and placed man in it, so that he could take his physical part and elevate it using his spiritual part.
If you can't control your mouth, then you don't deserve to be a part of the community, and hence your abode is outside the camps of Israel.
Hashem wants us to realize that we are not in control of Har Habayis, and this should disturb us.
Anyway he gave it a try and got in the car and sure enough… the car started! He was surprised and asked the old man, how did you know what to do?
Perhaps the reason this conflict erupted was for the purpose of reminding us that the Kosel is a holy sanctified place, which must be treated as such.
There is an obvious question about this story. Why would Sichon and Og wage war with Klal Yisrael?
To say that this respect for all people is vitally lacking amongst many of our Jewish brothers and sisters is an understatement.
Hashem told Moshe that the miracle of the staffs would remove the complaint that Bnei Yisrael still had.
They saw extremely large fruit and interpreted that to mean that just as the fruit are extreme and strange so to are the inhabitants. This was a misconception and a misinterpretation of the facts.
Given the potential for kaparah, we must understand how to properly utilize this time of Bein Hametzarim, which begins in a month’s time.
Jews today are quick to judge others and to label them as frum or not frum, acceptable or unacceptable, kosher or treif. We merely observe their outer layer without understanding who they really are.
When the nations of the world will see Hashem saving his children, His nation, they will see that there is a Borei Olam who runs the world.
Jews witnessed the ten makkos defy every natural law and decimate their oppressors. How could they still be sinking lower in tumah after witnessing this?