שבת חזון וט’ באב

The Tiferes Shlomo writes that this Shabbos is the greatest Shabbos of the year. Why? Because on Shabbos there is no Aveilus (mourning) for the Shechinah. Since in the nine days we are deep in mourning and the Shechinah is -so to speak -on a very low level, on Shabbos the Aliya (rise) for the Shechinah is more than any other Shabbos.

Once when Tisha B’av fell on Shabbos like this year, the Friedige Belzer Ruv z”l exclaimed at the end of Shabbos, “How can we go from such a ‘Lichtige’ (illuminated) day to such a ‘Tinkele’ (dark) night!”.

Reb Pinches Kuritzer said that through mourning we connect with Hashem. In all the nine days Reb Pinches was in deep mourning and even a smile wasn’t seen in his home.

Still, Reb Pinches Kuritzer said, that on Tishah B’av when sitting low it is a great “Es Ratzon” – a time that Tefillos are accepted. Since the Shechinah -so to speak -is so low and we too are mourning, we can approach Hashem more easily than all year round.

Reb Pinches emphasized that one’s thoughts and emotions should correspond to the timing of the year, to be Be’Simchah on the Yomim Tovim and in mourning in the nine days. This is the way to achieve the greatest closeness to Hashem, because Hashem reveals Himself in such a manner on these days.

The Chozeh Mi’Lublin on the other hand, couldn’t tolerate sadness. He explained to the Yismach Moshe that even on Tishah B’av, there is some feeling of Simcha because Hashem is with us in our mourning. He gave a Mashal to a king that is lost in the forest and finds refuge in the house of a peasant. The peasant, who is very loyal to the king, is very broken by the king’s situation, but he also has feelings of Simcha that he merits having the king in his home and can be close to the king.

So it is with us. Although every year our mourning becomes more intensified because another year in Galus passed, since Hashem is together with us in mourning, we can have some Simcha and of course be consoled that ושובו בנים לגבולם! May it be so במהרה בימינו!