What is the very worst thing?‏
צילום: שמעון וייס, ויקיפדיה

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

Today marks 20 years since the passing of Shalom Noah Berzovsky, known as “Netivot Shalom” (Paths of Peace), the title given to his collected works. He was a rebbe whose Hasidic court was small, but his books have become popular throughout the religious world and beyond. Here are a few of his thoughts concerning Tisha B’Av.

“We are not mourning over what was and is no more since the nation of Israel does not preserve memories of the past unless they are connected to the present and the future. Our mourning is a refusal to accept the present and a desire to change it.”

“There are two forms of weeping: weeping that comes from despair and weeping that comes from hope. Our weeping over the destruction comes from hope, not over what is gone but over what will be.”

“Rebbe Moshe of Kubrin once said: The very worst thing is to accept your situation as is.”

In his memory.

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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