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5 August 2022 (7 Av 5782)

This week, in the annual Torah Reading Cycle, we are approaching the Shabbat Chazon (Vision) which this year coincides with Tisha B’Av (9th of Av) – the saddest day in the history of Israel. Shabbat Chazon normally is the Shabbat pre-ceding Tisha B’Av, hence providing the opportunity for encouragement through joy before the saddest day in Jewish history. This year, however, they both fall on the same day, i.e. Shabbat, the 6th of August 2022. This raises specific problems – but also probably a concealed Message of extra inspiration for the exuberant Times that we are approaching and of which Shabbat Chazon and Tisha B’Av are metaphors.

We are told to rejoice even more than usual on Shabbat Chazon, to remove any possibility that the melancholy of the surrounding days of Av should intrude into the Shabbat spirit of joy. But, with Tisha B’Av being such a traumatic day, commemorating several major national tragedies for Israel, including the total destruction of two Temples in Jerusalem, centuries apart on this day, it raises the question: Shall we then rejoice or mourn on this Shabbat Chazon?

On Shabbat, all public displays of mourning are strictly prohibited. On this day we eat, drink and rejoice as is customary—and even more so on Shabbat Chazon. Accordingly, the Rabbis have ruled that when Tish B’Av falls on a Shabbat, it is to be postponed to start at sunset, for the Sunday following the Shabbat. Read more about this ruling here:

What happened on Tisha b’Av (the 9th of Av)?

See this comprehensive selection of awesome historic disasters befalling Israel and the Jews on this date throughout history. The first date on the list also records the origin of this day as a punishment from God because the nation of Israel hesitated to enter the Promised Land. A list of traumatic dates follows, right throughout the ages, to even as current as the year 2005. On Tisha B'Av, 2005, thousands of Israelis were evicted by their own government and forcibly removed from their homes in Gush Katif. Their hard-labored flourishing farmlands were then given to the Palestinians who used it for drawing their rocket attacks on Israel closer to Israel’s main cities. This indisputably proves the Jewish Biblical Calendar correct.

Armed with this insight, turn now to this week’s Parashat commentary Devarim. Thereafter, come back to read our concluding commentary here below to apply it to our present circumstances.

KHT Conclusions on Shabbat Chazon and Tisha B’Av.

To be read only after absorbing the explanatory views and concepts in the links mentioned here above.

In a Blog “The Joy of Tishah B’Av” the author discusses how Rabbi Akiva once accompanied a group of Rabbis in the City of Jerusalem to a spot where they observed evidence of the former destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. While the other Rabbis cried, Akiva lau7ghed with Joy. When asked why, he remarked that he sees this proof of the destruction of the Temple as proof that its Restoration will also come – and this is reason for great Joy.
That observation poses a suggested answer to the occurrence this year of these two impressive days which coincide this year at this late stage in the Countdown to the Final Redemption. As the virtual results of the disasters of history engulf us with virtual evidence of the looming Final Redemption in all its Glory, we have surely reason only for great and joyful jubilation at the prospect of hopefully being part of it all. With the coming fulfillment of this Divine Promise of the Restoration of the Fallen Tabernacle of David which will be replaced with a Living Tabernacle for God to dwell in amongst His People forever, and the prospect for us to be part of that Living Tabernacle to rule over the nations, what is there to cry about over the past?

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sack’s Parashat commentary also reviews the reality of our situation today, where we are to find ourselves close to the end of the historic Cycle towards Final Redemption. We are, like the Israelites in exodus in the past, approaching the entry into the Promised Land. “The book of Devarim (Deuteronomi) begins the “Second Torah”—Moses’ recapitulation of the Torah. And the whole book of Devarim differs from the other four books of the Chumash in being addressed to the generation who were about to enter the Holy Land.” As such today, we (especially reawakening Ephraim returning to Torah), are finding Torah. We are busy finding the Divinely mandated teachers of Torah (Judah) and with them the reborn Land of Israel to which we need to belong. This all starts lighting up the Way to Redemption and back to the Land, where HaShem is preparing His Living Tabernacle thru which He shall rule over the Nations. All reason for Great Joy!

Note – Watch for several further studies on these topics listed at the foot of the above links under ‘Related Studies’. These are numerous though hidden on the KOL HATOR Web Site. For a deeper understanding of this exciting topic, it would be advisable to re-read the above-linked articles and the Parashat commentary by Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks. These are not scan-thru articles – but hold exciting and uplifting inspiration.

May these messages assist in promoting the Unity to advance and proceed to the Final Redemption (Geulah} – the Time Period of which it seems that we are now entering towards the end of this 6th Millennium – the Time of Trouble, birth pangs of the Shabbat Millennium with all its Blessings …
Wishing you HaShem’s richest Blessings!

Co-founder, KOL HATOR Vision for the Restoration of the re-united 12-Tribed Kingdom of Israel

This Week’s Parashah:

Parashat Devarim
Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22
Haftarah Devarim
Isaiah 1:1 - 27
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