The sages comment at great length on the cause of the temples' destruction. Most importantly the destruction of the 2nd temple was due to "Sinat Chinam" - causeless hatred of other jews. I read somewhere that that generation was very pious and felt that it was correct to kill other jews because their observance wasn't quite up to their standards. Not much has changed in Israel - the secular and the religious can't seem to get on or understand where each other come from. And, because of this our "exile" (or not having the messiah come to lead us) continues. Rav Kook said that the antidote to causeless hatred was causeless love i.e. loving each other just because they are another human being. Please god we'll come to our senses soon and treat each other with respect and then we will worthy to see the messiah come in our lifetime.
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