Listening To Our Yearning on T’sha B’av
“On the 9th of Av it is prohoibited to study Torah, as Tehillim says, “…for the words of God are straight and gladden the heart’ “
- Code of Jewish Law, Orach Chaim 554:1
The words of Torah absolutely bring a person to a place of joy and settledness, giving clear consciousness, patience and understanding.
If so – so even on T’sha B’av we should learn Torah?
Because we might not experience that when we learn Torah, or even listen to words of Torah throughout the year – we might open up or hear words of Torah and that experience is not there for us.
So on T’sha B’av we should be in a completely different reality of solitude and quiet to listen to the lack of completeness in our lives, to experience the unsettled mind that one might have throughout the year. And to listen to how it is thirsting for Torah to gladden our hearts, settle our mind and expand our lives. For T’sha B’av is the day of vision for how to repair and fix all that needs perfection: first and foremost our hearts and minds.
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