Today is Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of the month of Av.) It’s the day the ancient temples in Jerusalem were destroyed. Our sages met challenge of the “center not holding” with creativity and resilience. If it weren’t for those rabbis, who created new ways of praying, connecting with the Divine, and gathering together, we most likely wouldn’t be here today, as Jews.
So I ask you – what in your own life needs to crumble in order for something new to be created? Where in your life has there been a breakdown that you faced and rose even stronger? Perhaps you birthed a possibility you could never even imagine?
In life, things fall apart. Often it can’t be helped. It’s what we do next that makes all the difference.
Real wisdom comes when we walk through that destruction with curiosity and attention so that when we build again, it’s grounded in the good and a deep foundation. Most often, what’s created is an inner temple of trust, faith, and community.
The real temple must be built inside our souls.
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