We must battle hatred on all fronts
A worsening climate of distrust, even hatred, inside Israel, pitting Jew against Arab, is one cost of the Gaza war. At this time of mourning, even as we defend our state against Hamas’ brutal attacks, we must reject hatred and celebrate compassion.
Throughout Jewish history, the three weeks before Tisha B’Av have been mournful, even dark. The Babylonian Talmud (Yoma 9b) explains that the Second Temple was destroyed because of “baseless hatred” (sinat chinam). This year, with Hamas rockets and tunnels terrorizing the State of Israel, the upcoming day of remembrance takes on additional meaning.
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