Tisha B'Av message from the Chairman

Tisha B'Av message from the Chairman [1]

Dear Friends, 

Tonight we mark Tisha B'Av, our people's national day of mourning, commemorating the destruction of both the First and Second Temple on the same day.

As I reflect on the significance of this day, I am reminded of the many conversations I have had recently regarding the site of our ancient temple and of its western retaining wall – the Kotel.

The compromise that we reached was made possible only because every party was willing to make sacrifices in order to ensure that the Kotel is no longer the scene of internal strife. Everyone had solutions that they felt was more just or more fitting, but all were ready to compromise in order to reach a solution that would restore the Kotel as a site that can unite, rather than divide, the Jewish people. This experience has shown me that when we are able to place our common interests above particular considerations, we can avoid internal fissures and strengthen ourselves and our collective spirit.

Let us hope that this effort to bring an historic compromise at the most central place for us as a faith and a nation will bear fruit in the weeks to come.

May we all be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may we know no further sorrow.

 

Natan Sharansky

Kotel [2]Natan Sharansky [2]Voices Inside the Jewish Agency [3]'May we all be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may we know no further sorrow'Bas relief of the Arch of Titus in Rome, depicting the sacking of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and Centurions looting the ritual menorah (candelabrum) and musical instrumentsBas relief of the Arch of Titus in Rome, depicting the sacking of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and Centurions looting the ritual menorah (candelabrum) and musical instrumentsNatan Sharansky's experience with the Kotel compromise earlier this year, showed him "that when we are able to place our common interests above particular considerations, we can avoid internal fissures and strengthen ourselves and our collective spirit."Inside the Jewish Agency
26 Aug 2013 / 20 Elul 5773
26 Aug 2013 / 20 Elul 5773 0
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Natan Sharansky is the Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel