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The Roots of Trauma
The Temple wasn’t a mere structure of bricks and mortar. It was a window – a literal gate – between heaven and earth. By remembering and mourning the destruction of the Temples, we get to the root of all our troubles, the dichotomy between our inner spirits and our outer lives. The Temple was a gate that bridged the two. Its destruction reflected – and exposed – the duality of our lives.
The Religion of Delusion
We are living in a time when many of us are intimidated by "world opinion" and are afraid to stand up completely and unambiguously to terror. Those Jews who are uncomfortable with their faith and heritage underestimate their spiritual power as well as the inner desire of the non-Jewish world to see the Jewish people as a beacon of moral and divine truth.
Between the Days of Distress
"Bein hametzarim", translated as "between the days of distress", refers to the three weeks between the 17th of the month of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. There are 21 days this time period, 21 days and 21 nights, 42 periods in all.

Parashat Masei, enumerating the 42 journeys (or camping places) of the Jewish People in the desert before reaching the Land of Israel, is always read at this time. These 42 stops represent the major rectifications that a Jew must accomplish before Mashiach will come.