Tisha B'Av: Our Weapon in the Battle of Good vs Evil
My friend’s long-time, (and I would add; long-suffering,) secretary received a marriage proposal from a successful businessman. She was worried that, approaching her late thirties, she may never have another chance to have children, and upon my friend’s advice, accepted. My friend, L, and his wife were the first guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fritz. The host immediately took L into his private study to show off his most prized possession: An original copy of Mein Kampf signed by Hitler y”s and dedicated to the host’s father, who was Hitler’s ambassador to the US.
Mr. Fritz knew that L was Jewish and intended to provoke him. The host smiled. L and his wife quickly left, and the new Mrs. Fritz is not allowed to even speak to a Jew.
Tisha B’Av is not limited to stories from the past. It has a life of its own and refuses to die.
Good and Evil are in a fight to the death: Each is fighting for immortality. Tisha B’Av, when we mourn over the continued presence of evil, is our statement that Good is immortal. Evil will die, if we are willing to fight. We know through our teachings that Good is unlimited and evil is limited. It is the illusion of this plane of existence that it is the opposite. Our job on Tisha B’Av is not only to mourn over the tragedies of our history, but to act out the death of evil.
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