בין המצרים – An Opportunistic Time

The “Three Weeks” are days of sorrow and mourning. One might think that they are not conducive to Avodas Hashem with enthusiasm and a Bren, like the Yomim Tovim are. Chassidus teaches that this is not the case.

The Avodas Yisroel brings from his Rebbe, the Mezritcher Maggid, a vort which, in Chasidus, has become synonymous with the Three Weeks.

It says in Eichah 1;3, כל רודפיה השיגוה בין המצרים – which means in Peshat, all the pursuers of the Yidden reached them between the borders {of fields and vineyards – where they tried to hide}.

The Midrash (brought down in Rashi) already says בין המצרים also means between Shivah Asar Be’Tammuz and Tishah B’Av, and the Three Weeks are called בין המצרים taken from this Midrash.

The Mezritcher Maggid says a holy vort. כל רודפיה השיגוה בין המצרים – whoever pursues Hashem can reach Hashem during the Three Weeks (בין המצרים). It’s a Mashal (parable) to a king. When he is in the palace there is much awe and it’s difficult to reach him through the regular channels. But when the king passes through the streets outside his palace, everyone can approach him.

So too, during the Three Weeks, the Shechinah is revealed in a way of wandering and mourning. Whoever wants to approach the Shechinah has easy access.

In such sorrowful days whoever brings delight to Hashem, it is of much greater value than the Avodah of all year round.

The Avodas Yisroel concludes this vort saying, that we should especially strengthen ourselves not to be down and sleepy these days but to serve Hashem with enthusiasm and joy. Even on Tishah B’Av when it is dark on the outside and we cry over all that happened on that day, we should bring Simchah to Hashem with the hope and Emunah in the future, with the coming of Mashiach, which would heal all the brokenness. !במהרה בימינו אמן