If I had A Hammer

Today is the 17th of Tammuz. It commemorates the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem proceeding to the destruction of the Temple, the cessation of the daily Temple offering, Apostomus , a Roman military leader, public burning of a Torah scroll, the building of a pagan idol in the Temple, and today marks Moses breaking the tablets in response to the sin of the Golden Calf.

 It is interesting to see Moses’s breaking the tablets in the context of what we read a few weeks ago in Parshat Hukat. Despite being told to talk to rock to get water Moses strikes the rock. It is commonly understood that this was the reason that Moses was not able to fulfill his life mission of bringing the people to the Promised Land. If the only tool in your tool box is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

French Pen Knife

On this day of fasting we are all called upon to breach the wall of our own habits and develop more tools. The world is surely broken. We need the right tools to do the job right. We redeem the world by working to fix it. Have a meaningful fast.

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