Sunday, August 7, 2011

Failure to mourn


"If just this sin of failing to mourn Jerusalem properly was on our hands, that would suffice to extend our exile. In my eyes it is the closest, most obvious, greatest and most powerful cause for all of the great, terrible, frightening destructions which have found us in exile. Wherever we have scattered, they have been at our throats, never letting us rest among the nations, in lowliness and suffering and poverty, because this mourning left our heart when we were settled in lands not our own. We forgot Jerusalem; she never entered our heart."

(Rabbi Yaakov Emden, Commentary to Siddur, Laws of Tisha b'Av)

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