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PINCHAS
Numbers 25:10 - 30:1         Haftarah: Kings I
Shabbat, July 22, 2000 - 18 Tamuz 5760

The Chicago Torah Network 

"G-D SAID TO MOSES: GO UP TO THIS MOUNTAIN, AND SEE THE LAND... YOU WILL SEE IT, BUT YOU WILL DIE HERE (27:12-13)."

Moses did not enter the Land of Israel. He could only see it from a distance. It was the story of the Jewish People. For two thousand years. Scattered. Unable to get to the Land. But never losing sight of it.

The Year 70. The Roman army drove us out of the Land. But it was always in our hearts. Our minds. Our memories.

Think of our prayers. Three times a day. Seven days a week. In each prayer? “May our eyes behold Your return to Zion." And in the Grace after meals: “Rebuild the holy city of Jerusalem soon, in our days.”

We’ve been saying these things every day. At every meal. And every time we prayed. For two thousand years.

Think about how one day a year--the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av--we sat on the floor. And mourned the destruction. Of the Jerusalem we never saw. But never forgot.

Our baby boys were circumcised. And one of the prayers at the Bris? “May this child merit to be in Jerusalem.”

The child grew up.  And got married.  And at the wedding ceremony a glass was broken. To remember the destruction of Jerusalem.

Or when there was a death in the family. And we sat shiva. The traditional Jewish consolation?

“May you be comforted among the mourners of Jerusalem.”

There is an eternal bond between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. That can never be broken.

NEW YORK, 1947

Thursday, July 20, marked a traditional Jewish fast day, the 17th of Tamuz, when Roman troops broke through the walls of Jerusalem. This day begins a three-week period of semi-mourning, including the practice of not shaving.

In 1947 a prominent rabbi, along with a group of Jewish activists, was granted a meeting with New York City’s mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia. They were seeking his support for the establishment of the State of Israel.

Then they realized that they had a problem. The meeting was scheduled for the week before Tisha B’Av, when they wouldn’t normally shave.

They debated what to do. “Considering the importance of this meeting, we certainly would be permitted to shave,” they said. “After all, we can’t meet with the mayor looking unkempt. Especially if we want his help.”

“On the other hand--how can we not mourn for Jerusalem?”

They decided to go without shaving, and to explain. They began the meeting with an apology.  “Please forgive our appearance--but we are in mourning.”

The mayor asked what happened.

“We are mourning the destruction of Jerusalem, which took place in 70 A.D.”

The mayor said he finally understood something.

He replied, “After two thousand years you expect to go back to your Land? But now I understand. If you can mourn for two thousand years--you can expect to go back,” the story goes.

The Chicago Torah Network (CTN) is a Jewish outreach and adult education program that provides an informal environment for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations to explore Jewish thought, beliefs, ethics, culture and practice. CTN is recognized as a leader in the battle for Jewish continuity. Contact CTN at torahnet@mcs.com.

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