This Shabbos is called Shabbos Chazon. It refers to the prophecy of Isaiah who wrote after the destruction of the Second Temple “Hashem will make Jerusalem the center of the world once again”. Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev says that “Each of us is granted a vision from afar of the Beis Hamikdosh-The Holy Temple”.
In Tehillem 18:28 it says that Hashem lights my lamp and lightens my darkness. When the night is darkest you can best see the lights of the stars. My father of blessed memory taught us that the darker a room the more powerful is a single match.
When I wrote earlier in the week about our dream of building the Third Holy Temple someone asked if I was part of the political movement to rebuild the Holy Temple. I answered him that the rebuilding of the Holy Temple is a concept- ushering the time when there will be no anti-Semitism and when Jews can live in peace in Israel and throughout the world.
Today, our vision and responsibility is to help bring light to those people who live in dark places. Orphans, widows, the homeless, abused, and all those that suffer need a single match to bring them out of their darkness.
Lev Lalev, our Orphanage in Israel recognizes that a little light can make a profound difference in the lives of our girls.
While we mourn the destruction and darkness of Jerusalem on Tsha Bav, we can look forward to the following Shabbos- Shabbos Nachamu- the Shabbos of comfort, recognizing that we have the potential to brighten up the world. We have that power and what we do can make a profound difference in the lives of even one person.