How An Adam Gadol Approaches Tisha B’Av
The Nesivos Shalom in his first piece on the Three Weeks demonstrates how Tisha B’Av is ironically the most important day of the year in rebuilding the Beis HaMikdosh, not just mourning its loss. Tisha B’Av heightens the longing that we feel for the loss of the Presence of Hashem made manifest in our world. That longing, that spiritual void that we feel within us, is the very cement for the bricks of the next Temple.
The following account of Rav Hershel Schachter’s approach to Tisha B’Av should help us get there. (Taken from the FB page of R Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue.)
Got this amazing text from my friend R’ Shay Schachter last night about his father, my Rebbe Shlit”a (sharing with his permission):
“Just got off the phone with my father. I started to ask him a number of questions about the nine days that people asked me in Shul over the past few days. He began crying uncontrollably on the phone and said “Shay, I really can’t answer these shailos, I really don’t know the dinnim; every year I hold myself back from learning the halachos of Tisha B’av, I really thought we would have a beis hamikdash this year. I can’t bring myself to learn it too much in advance of Tisha B’av.”