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Tisha B’Av: Overcoming

The Rabbis teach us: If in a person lifetime the Beit Hamikdash was not rebuilt it is as if it was destroyed during his life. Obviously this means that if it has not been rebuilt the cause for the destruction have not been remedied.The 2nd Temple was destroyed due to שנאת חנם – needless hatred. That means we still have this issue to deal with. What does “needless hatred” mean? How many people show enmity to others for no reason? Everyone has a reason why he doesn’t like another!
As we go through life we have many challenges which Hashem is specifically tailoring to every single individual in order for that person to become a better human being and bring out G-d’s greatness into the world. A person grows through overcoming these hurdles and realizing what the real world is about.

When someone insults me, instead of focusing on the negative aspect of the incident, let us focus instead on how does Hashem want me to deal with this? and then accordingly sometimes we have to retaliate and sometimes keep quite. Either way, if we understand that it comes from Hashem, even though there is room for negative feelings, however it won’t turn into hatred.
This is the “needless hatred” the Rabbis are referring to. Even though it seems there might be grounds for it, to hate due to Hashem’s challenges is considered “needless”.

This is not an easy task but proving ourselves in this manner will bring the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash במהרה בימינו אמן.