January 15, 2014
Originally recorded: July 28, 2009
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The destruction of the Temple was caused by hatred for no reason and the lack of care between people. Karen reminds us of the importance of removing hatred from our hearts and aim to treat others with human dignity and respect.
The Ninth of Av is the one day of the year when the negative force kabbalists call the Opponent rules for an entire 24 hour period. The Opponent is not a demon or devil, but a negative force of consciousness whose sole nature is receiving, chaos and selfishness. Many chaotic events have occurred on this day throughout history, but through prayer, reading the biblical scroll of Lamentations and additional kabbalistic tools, we can uproot this force of negativity and transform it to positivity.