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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
An Open Letter To Hashem Are We Not Worthier Than Every Generation Before Us?

Today we mourn for the second Bais HaMikdash that was destroyed 1939 years ago on Tisha B’Av.  Am Yisroel is spread across the four corners of the world sitting on the floor crying about the Galus and hoping for the Geula.  Chazal tell us that although there is a set time that Moshiach will come, we can hasten his arrival by being worthy of Moshiach.  It is up to us to bring him whenever we are ready.  “Achakeh Lo BiChol Yom SheYavo”, I wait for him because he can come any day.

Over the past two millennium, there have been many great generations. In the 11th and 12th centuries there were the Baalei Tosfos in France and Germany.  They were a generation of martyrs Al Kiddush Hashem at the hands of the crusaders.  The 13th century was the height of the Golden Age in Spain where Yiddishkeit flourished under the Spanish Rishonim.   In the 15th century there lived a Dor Dei’ah in Eretz Yisroel and Turkey.  Then Poland, then Lita, and so on and so forth.  None of them brought Moshiach.

Who are we to believe that we can succeed where generation after generation of our truly illustrious forefathers failed?  Should we just try to hang in there until the specified time of the Geula arrives and give up trying to make it happen earlier?  Chas V’Shalom!

Even with our many shortcomings and with all due respect to the previous generations, today on Tisha B’Av we can make case for why Moshiach should come now.  Why our generation out of all the others should bring Moshiach and why we are truly worthy of this historical success.

The trouble of Tisha B’Av did not start 1939 years ago in Yerushalayim.  Nor did it start by the Churban Bayis Rishon 490 years before that.  It started 3319 years ago on the night after the Meraglim returned with their report, maligning Eretz Yisroel and Hashem’s ability to bring us there.  The Lashon Hara that made us cry that night is the aveira that keeps us crying over three thousand years later.  In order to finally settle the score from that night, we need to rectify the Chait they did on that night.

When the Chofetz Chaim started his crusade for Shemiras HaLashon, people looked at him like he landed from a different planet.  Yes, we Am Yisroel were all holy Jews.  We cried on Tisha B’Av, we were awed by Elul and the Yamim Nora’im, and Limud HaTorah was never in short supply, but we didn’t get it.  We never realized that innocent and not so innocent gossip was a devastating aveira.  It is as real as eating Chazer but more complex.  It never comes alone, always entangling the speaker and listener in a web of aveiros from which they never get out of.

Then out of the blue came our Moshiach.  Our Ani Rochev Al Chamor, the Chofetz Chaim.  He started a movement and left a legacy that has changed the world.  True we are not tzaddikim and still speak Lashon Hara… but the world is no longer the same.  We may not control ourselves 100% but who doesn’t try.  Who doesn’t kick themselves after slipping and not overcoming their inclination to speak ill of others.  How many thousands of people learn two halachos a day?  Successful or not who hasn’t on numerous occasions, resolved on Rosh HaShana that this is the year we will finally kick the habit, no more Lashon Hara.  Public enemy number one is on every wanted billboard in every Jewish community and shul.  Snuffing out Lashon Hara has become the number one national goal.  Organizations are sprouting up all over the place. 

We may speak Lashon Hara, but we are no longer Baalei Lashon Hara.  Sitting around talking Lashon Hara is n longer anyone’s favorite pastime.  Society no longer tolerates public violations without responding.  The days of reckless disregard for this disease and claiming that is doesn’t harm your health are over.  Just like smoking, there is no shortage of cigarettes and smokers, but they are a dying breed.  They are no longer admired and respected.  Smokers have become outcasts rather than trendsetters and so too Baalei Lashon Hara.  We have finally come full circle after thousands of years.  We are on the right track and almost there.  

Hashem, You promised us, "Pischu Li... KiChudoi Shel Machat VaAni Eftach Lachem Pesach Shel Ulam", open in your hearts a small opening no bigger than the tip of a needle for me and I will reciprocate and open up a huge gate.  We have opened ours.  We are working hard on fixing our distant passed that has caused us so much pain.  Pleas Hashem now do Your part.  “Hashkifa M’Mi’on Kadshecha Min HaShamayim”, look down and see thousands of points of light.  Gather up the thousands of times that your beloved children have bitten their lips and chose to remain silent in accordance with you wishes.  Please put an end to our pain and suffering and return us to the days of old.  Chadeish Yameinu K’Kedem!

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