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Sinat Chinam, Causeless Hatred, in our day

Next week, we will observe one of the saddest days in our calendar: Tisha B'av (the 9th of the month of Av). This day commemorates the destruction of the first and second holy Temples in Jerusalem and led to the beginning of the exile of the Jews from Eretz Israel (the land of Israel). The Rabbis asked a question that many of us would have asked: Why did this happen to us? There are various answers given in different places in the Talmud. One of the most well known answers is that this tragedy befell us because of sinat chinam, causeless hatred, within the Jewish people. But in another place in the Talmud, Masechet Shabbat 119b, even more reasons are given.Abaye said: Jerusalem was destroyed only because they [its inhabitants] desecrated the Sabbath there R. Abbahu said: Jerusalem was destroyed only because they stopped the reading of the shema morning and evening R. Hamnuna said: Jerusalem was destroyed only because they neglected [the education of] school children; '…

Havdallah at Camp Ramah Darom 2010.MP4