“When we learn about the halachos of bringing korbanos and bikkurim to the Bait Hamikdash, Hashem considers our humble study of the concept tantamount to us doing the actual mitzvah!
I made a comparison of a similar type on erev Tisha b’Av.
Here and today, we don’t kill each other.
We don’t bow before animals, celestial bodies, or figures of stone and wood.
And although mistakes are sometimes made between people, we aren’t guilty of immorality.Or are we as innocent and righteous as we think?
We are inevitably approaching the coming of Moshiach. But, by these 3 sins, are we inadvertently slowing down his coming?
To answer this, we must first relate the 3, to occurrences in our daily lives: Tradition teaches us, that embarrassing someone, especially in public, is equal to killing them.
According to Chazal (the Sages), when you become angry, you are worshipping an idol– yourself!
Sometimes we forget the holiness of each gender, and do something that dims that holiness.
How can we counter these 3 sins, and free ourselves from their grip so we can usher in Redemption?
Be careful with your words, so as not to embarrass someone. Each person is precious, as is their dignity.
Even though it is difficult, try to control your anger. You’ll feel much better, when you aren’t burdened by the extra weight it brings you.
Try and commit yourself to another act of tzniyus, increasing the holiness bayn adam l’chavero, between person and their fellow.
The second Bait Hamikdash’s destruction was caused by sinat chinam, baseless hatred, amongst the Jews. How can we possibly rectify that major shortcoming? Simple. Love your fellow Jews, for who they are. They are part of you, one with you, with the same unifying goal– Hashem.
Hashem gave us the power to change the future by our actions. But how can we do that, if we allow history to repeat itself? May Hashem witness our effort, hear our tefillos, and may He send us Moshiach, speedily in our day.”
Sometime, hopefully very soon, we will merit the Ultimate Light, we will discover the truths in and around us.. and the days of fasting and sorrow, will be transformed into feasting and joy!