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Rabbi Ohriner’s thoughts on Tisha B’av and the Iran-p5+1 Agreement

July 21, 2015

By Rabbi Ohriner Bein hameitzarim: Journeying Through Periods of Distress גָּֽלְתָ֨ה יְהוּדָ֤ה מֵעֹ֨נִי֙ וּמֵרֹ֣ב עֲבֹדָ֔ה הִ֚יא יָשְׁבָ֣ה בַגּוֹיִ֔ם לֹ֥א מָצְאָ֖ה מָנ֑וֹחַ כָּל־רֹדְפֶ֥יהָ הִשִּׂיג֖וּהָ בֵּ֥ין הַמְּצָרִֽים׃ Judah has gone into exile Because of misery and harsh oppression; When she settled among the nations, She found no rest; All her pursuers overtook her in the narrow places. This verse from the book of Lamentations is the source for the name of the period in which we find ourselves this Shabbat, bein Hametzarim, in narrow places. Rashi, the great 11th C Torah commentator tells us that bein hameitzarim, narrow places can also be understood to mean “days of distress”. The insight Rashi offers is that there are times in our lives when our distress manifests geographically and other times when distress manifests temporally. […]

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~ Rabbi Philip Ohriner