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Lamentations: First Kinah – Line 1



God is articulate. Therefore, if something terrible happens to us we can assume that God is being very clear about what we are doing wrong. If we don’t understand, it is because we are deaf.
It is not because God isn’t clear. This Kinah is articulating what should have been clear to us and to remind us to apply the same system of thinking to all things that happen to us.
We can develop this to yet another level: Each and every action creates a spiritual reality in the worlds above us. The Ramchal explains how our actions affect the Transcendental Forces that influence this world. When we attach to God we influence those Forces and they in turn send good back to us. When we sin, we increase negative influences from those forces and the world around us will suffer. When we say that there is direct Divine Retribution we are referring to these forces. This Kinah is articulating the negative impact of each sin. The Kinah is describing what we created for ourselves through our destructive actions.
It is important to remember that this is not only a negative. This concept is a very powerful gift and tool that we can use with each mitzvah we perform, each time we pray and every time we study Torah. We create positive spiritual forces that influence all of creation whenever we do something the draws us closer to God. We tend to forget the power of our Mitzvot, our prayers and Torah study. We lose a sense of our importance to all of creation and of the power we have when serving God. We make a difference to the entire world when we fulfill God’s Will. Part of the destruction is the loss of this awareness which permeated those who lived with the Temple in their midst.

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