Rabbi Zwickler's Weekly Dvar Torah

Devarim 5777

The three Haftoras which are read during the Three Weeks are called ג דפרענותא—the three punishments.

The Ateres Moshe explains that this name is used because the word פרענות can also mean to pay back, as in the word לפרוע. Rav Yakov Emden zt”l explained that the tragedies and difficulties of galus have come upon us as a people because we have not properly mourned the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash.

According to this explanation, the reading of these Haftoras is payment for our failure to live up to the responsibility that we are charged with when it comes to mourning Yerushalayim. To effectively mourn means to authentically internalize the distance between ourselves and Hashem, as represented by the lack of the Beis Hamikdash in our time.

May we merit to see the Beis Hamikdash in our time through the sincerity of our mourning on this Tisha b’Av.

 

Sat, September 23 2017 3 Tishrei 5778