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Chazal say the word Eicha is two words "Ei Koi", what happened to the promise of Koi.  The first Koi is the promise to Avrohom Avinu "Koi Yihiyeh Zaracha" meaning your children will be like the stars (Lech Licha 15:5).  The second is "Koi Soimar L'Bais Yaakov" (Yisro 18:3) which Hashem said at Matan Torah.

The Lechem Dima (Rav Shmuel D'Uzida Talmid HaArizal) says that the word Eicha is asking, "Ei Koi", what happened to the promise of multitudes, "Yashva Badad" and why is Klal Yisroel sitting alone decimated and demoralized?  The answer lies in the second Koi, as Hashem asks "Ei Koi" what happened to the promise Bnei Yisroel made at Har Sinai of Naaseh ViNishma.  When we keep ours, Hashem will certainly keep his.

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Eicha: Bnei Yisaschar - When A Jew Sins "Chait Chatah Yerushalayim, Al Kein L'Niddah Hayasa", Yerushalayim has sinned therefore they are impure like a Niddah (Eicha 1:8).  The Bnei Yisaschar asks that "Chait" implies an unintentional aveira and these aveiros were clearly intentional after being warned by the Nevi'im to do tshuva for a very long time.  Also why were we compared to a Niddah?

He answers that in the heart of every Jew is the desire to do only good.  Any misdeeds that we perform are an aberration from who we really are.  Therefore although we did aveiros intentionally the Navi considers it out of character and unintentional.

The women who are forbidden to us by the Torah are intrinsically wrong for us and the issur lasts forever.  Not so a Niddah.  She is your loving wife and is perfect for you.  Only now is a time that she is impure and you must keep a certain distance.  So too Klal Yisroel at the time of the Churban. We are inherently good and we are Hashem's nation, yet for the time being due to our out of character behavior we are impure.  But this is not our natural state and as soon as we get back in sync we will be returned once again without any delay.

Mon, 27 Jul 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Eicha: With Enemies Like That, Stay Away From Your Friends

The Navi tells us (1:4) “Hayu Tzareha L’Roish Oiveha Shalu”; Yerushalayim’s oppressors became leaders and its enemies lived in peace.  Why did the oppressors reach high positions and the enemies only lived peacefully without advancing?  

During the Holocaust many Jews trusted their local “friends” with their money, lives, and often the lives of their children hoping they would protect them from the nazis ym”s.   Often they were betrayed by these so-called friends who were more than happy to take their money and then turn them over to the nazis to rid them from the world.

The Akeidas Yitzchok explains that that the people of Yerushalayim had no friends, only enemies.  However the oppressors were so vicious that their enemies were by comparison, considered friends.  Therefore the pasuk reads that compared to our oppressors, who we ran from, we lived in relative peace with our enemies.

The end of the pasuk says, “Olaleha Halchu Shivi Lifnei Tzar”. Since we entrusted our children in the hands of our “friends” who were really enemies, they ended up being delivered directly to our oppressors without anyone even knowing about it.

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Eicha: Maharal Tzintz - What Happened To The Promise To Avrohom? “Eicha Yashva Badad, Ha’Ir Rabasi Am, Hayisa K’Almana, Rabasi BaGoyim”, how she sits in solitary, the city that was full of people.  She has become like a widow.  Rav Aryeh Leib Tzintz in his peirush on Eicha, Milo HaOmer, says that the word Eicha is a combination of two words “Ei” and “Koi”.  Hashem told Avrohom Avinu (Bereishis 15:5) to count the stars, but they were too many to count.  Then Hashem said to him, “Koi Yihiyeh Zaracha”; so will be your children.

Yirmiyahu opens his lamentations wondering “Ei Koi?”  What happened to the promise of Koi Yihiye Zaracha, as Nevuchadnetzar is slaughtering Am Yisroel?  The pasuk answers, says the Maharal Tzintz, "Hayisa K’Almana."  Yerushalayim was only “like” an Almana but not really an Almana. says the gemara (Sanhedrin 104a).  A widow’s husband will never return.  Am Yisroel is like a women whose husband has gone far away but will one day return.

The gemara Yevamos (62a) says “Ein Ben Dovid Ba Ad Sheyichaleh Kol Neshamos SheBaGuf” Moshiach will not come until all the Neshamos are finished.  Even in the Galus, “Rabasi BaGoyim” we will multiply greatly in order to finish the Neshamos and pave the way for Moshiach’s arrival.

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Eicha: A True Jew Is A Respected Jew Historically there was a time when many people in the Roman Empire converted to Judaism. Judaism received an immense amount of respect. It seemed like everybody wanted to be a Jew. Antoninus the emperor, Unkelos who was Titus's great nephew, and many other important people and common people as well. New religions were being formed that mimicked Judaism. Why was this so?

Back then we had our own original culture and looked to no one for identity. We looked inside our own heritage, living every aspect of our lives by the Torah. We took nothing from no one and we needed no outside ideas. This strength and confidence in our heritage caused people to take note and respect us. After doing objective research many people came to the conclusion that Judaism is indeed the real thing.

When we live our lives as if we prefer to be like the goyim, barely clinging to some basic outer garments of our religion, we are telling the world that we are committed in some fashion to our religion but we don't believe in it, we prefer their culture. When the goyim see our shame and lack of real adherence to our religion they scorn and mock us for desperately trying to hang on to a religion that seems to have gone by the wayside with no real relevance in the modern world.

Rav Shimshon Pincus in a different context explains that this is the pshat in the pasuk (1:8) "Kol Michabdeha Hiziluha Ki Ra'u Ervasa"; all those who honored us now disgrace us because they have seen the extent to which we are ashamed by our own religion.

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Chaim Kanievsky on Eicha - We Are Orphans Without A Father

A child who has a father but doesn't ask his advise is for all practical purposes an orphan since his actions and decisions are taken without any paternal influence. His advantage over a real orphan is that if he should wisen up he still has somewhere to turn. Not so a an orphan without a father.

Before the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash there was an Urim V'Tumim to ask our questions to. Unfortunately we didn't bother asking and just did as we pleased. After the Churban the Urim V'Tumim was taken away from us and we had no one to turn to.

This is pshat in the pasuk (5:3) says Rav Chaim Kanievsky "Yesomim Hayinu V'Ein Av". Before the Churban we were Yesomim although we had a father to ask; the Urim V'Tumim. Now that it has been taken away we are orphans without a father and are bereft of any possible fatherly advice.

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 03:00:00 +0000