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God's Pain Over the Destroyed Temple

God's Pain Over the Destroyed Temple

Allegorical sources, not be taken literally.


When the Holy Temple was destroyed, there was a wailing voice heard throughout the whole world. The Ministering Angels said to G-d, "Master of the Universe, do You have such emotions of sadness? Isn't it written 'Splendor and glory are before You?' "

G-d answered: "My House is destroyed, and My children are manacled in chains. Shouldn't I be suffering?"

- Midrash, Yalkut Shimoni, Tehillim 679

From the day that Jerusalem and the Holy Temple were destroyed, there is no joy before G-d... until Jerusalem will be rebuilt and the Jewish People will return to it.

- Midrash, Yalkut Shimoni, Eychah 7009

It is precisely at times of closeness - i.e. prayer - that G-d feels the most suffering over the destruction of the Holy Temple.)

Rebbe Yosie said, "I was once traveling on the road, and I entered into one of the ruins of Jerusalem in order to pray. Elijah the Prophet appeared and waited for me at the door until I finished my prayer.

"My son, what sound did you hear in this ruin?" he asked.

I replied, "I heard a divine voice, cooing like a dove and saying: 'Woe to the children, on account of whose sins I destroyed My House, burnt My Temple, and exiled them among the nations of the world.'"

Elijah said to me, "Not only at this moment does G-d say this, but He exclaims it three times a day."

- Talmud, Brachot 3a

Published: June 22, 2002

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