Building in the Darkness
After the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash, the Jewish people were sent into exile in Bavel. While in Bavel, Hashem instructed the prophet Yechezkel to teach them the details of the design of the Beis Hamikdash. Yechezkel challenged Hashem, “how are they capable of making the Beis Hamikdash while they are in exile? First let them leave their exile and then I will tell them!” Hashem responded, “just because My children are in exile should the construction of My home be neglected?”
Exile represents a state of spiritual lowliness, darkness and distance from Hashem. When we feel disconnected we may see ourselves as not capable or worthy of serving Hashem. How we can be involved in making this world into a home for Hashem when we are not in a good place ourselves?
Hashem’s answer to Yechezkel teaches us that no matter how low you may feel, or what situation you find yourself in, Hashem wants you. Despite your darkness and struggles, you have the ability to draw Hashem into your life, to build a home for Him and actualise His desire to live within us.
In the continuation of this Midrash, Hashem says that by learning about the design of the Beis Hamikdash in Torah, He will consider it as though we have been involved in actually rebuilding the Beis Hamikdash. The Rebbe draws on this Midrash as the basis for learning about the Beis Hamikdash during the Three Weeks. We look forward to sharing the Daily Beis Hamikdash Thought with you. Through this study may we merit to see the Third Beis Hamikdash with the imminent arrival of Moshiach.
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