i-Grow-Spiritual Tools-Three Weeks-Honoring Intentions
The Vishnitzer Rebbe rebuked the Mitnagdim who constantly criticized the Lubliner. He said, “You are like the farmer to whom a machinist presented an agricultural machine. Not understanding how it works, the farmer had it thrown out. Not knowing the source of the Holy Rabbi’s wondrous acts, you wish to remove him from your midst.”
The Lubliner heard of this and said to the Vishnitzer, “Your interest pleases me, but your rebuke displeases me. They quarrel with me for the sake of the Lord. Therefore, why rebuke them?” (Niflaot haRebbe, page 118)
It is essential during the period of the Three Weeks that we honor the intention of those with whom we disagree. Although we may disagree with their actions, we must always honor their intentions.
Consider people with whom you disagree. Question whether your issue is with their actions or their intentions. Are you certain that their intentions are not for the sake of God? Simply asking ourselves this question is an important step in repairing the hatred that led to the destruction of the Second Temple.