Tisha B’av is the day of the year that we reach rock bottom. Our mourning starts on Shabbos b’ Tamuz. It escalates on Rosh Chodesh Av, it becomes more intense during the week of Tisha B’Av and it reaches its peak today on Tisha B’av itself. As we sit on the floor and cry in utter misery over our terrible situation that we are in, we get up midday as the Beis Hamikdash is burning and we begin to prepare for a beautiful future. Even though time is tarrying and the wait is stretching on, we hope, pray and believe with our whole hearts that Moshiach and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple will come at any moment. May the time quickly come when we look back with the clarity of hindsight to see how all our suffering was but a prelude to happiness and goodness, with the coming of Moshiach. Amen!
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