Think of a sorrow… any sorrow whether you are directly affected by it or someone else… its origin is in our current exile and the pain of the Shechinah.
We don’t easily connect to this on a daily basis, but today we must. Today we mourn as a nation for the collective and individual losses, pain and suffering of our people as we await Oneness and unity. Living in a fragmented world has many implications all of which we have come to witness some way or another. How sad it is to feel incomplete, sometimes alone and misunderstood, even uncared for and degraded. If only we were a united people, the Oneness of our Creator would be revealed.
Today we begin to repair a shattered area in our life and work to remedy it in the upcoming three weeks. Take one thing you want to correct and give it your entire will and might. Invest your thoughts, speech and actions to fix one part of your life for the sake of Shamayim; to help repair the world person by person, piece by piece. The list is long, but choose one thing and focus on it for the next three weeks; not for you, but for Hashem, for the redemption of our people.
It is up to us, the people, to bring our own redemption. Our sages teach “Lo b’Shamayim hee” it is not in Heaven but on earth. In this world we are given Heavenly power to move the world around. Let’s get started.