Thursday, July 15, 2010

The loneliness of exile


"It is written (Yirmiyah 15:17), 'Because of Your hand, I dwelled alone' - Pharaoh's hand struck me and I did not dwell alone, Sancherev's hand struch me and I did not dwell alone, but when Your hand struck me I dwelled alone, as it is written (Eichah 1:1), 'How did she come to dwell alone, the city that had once contained a great nation.'"

(Midrash, Eichah Rabbah, Petichta 3)

May we soon see the rebuilding of the Beit haMikdash,

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