Colors: Cyan Color

As we remember the many tragedies that befell the Jewish people on Tish’ah B’Av, the story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza (Gittin 55b-56a) is often cited as an example of how baseless hatred caused the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash. By reading between the lines of the story, we can gain new insight into what happened 2,000 years ago and its implications for today.

As we approach Tish’ah B’Av, we remember that Jewish lives have been lost in all too many ways. The example of Aharon HaKohen, who showed that peace and love are the way to bring people closer to Torah, can show us the path to redemption.

President Joe Biden returned from his trip to the Middle East, and for those who are skeptical at Biden’s ability to get through a normal day without breaking the country too much, there was a lot of bated breath.  Would he open a Palestinian consulate in East Jerusalem?  Would he harm the relationship with Saudi Arabia?  Would he push concessions on Israel?  With Biden, and his abysmal foreign policy track record, anything was possible.  So it was a sigh of relief when his trip essentially accomplished nothing.  At this point, doing nothing is a win.

The inauguration of Joe Biden in January of 2021 placed an enormous “Come On In!” sign at the southern border.  Since that time, millions of people have illegally crossed the border and were released into the country - if they were detected at all. While DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas may claim that the border is “secure,” it is without a doubt as porous as it has ever been.

When will antisemitism be taken seriously by society?

This past Shabbos, while shuls across the country were filled with congregants, in one city the local Jewish Federation posted a notice recommending “all formal Jewish gatherings be suspended until further notice.”