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An Intention for Shabbat Chazon, the Shabbat Before Tisha Be'av

An Intention for Shabbat Chazon, the Shabbat Before Tisha Be'av
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

This is meant to be the saddest Shabbat of the year. May that be so.

May our vision ("Chazon") defy the limitations of our pasts and lift our whole world with determined hope and defiant light.

May our hearts be strong enough to see suffering where it endures, acknowledge it, address it, and thereby banish it forever, in fulfillment of the verse:

"Sacred Love is without end when Divine Compassion does not cease."

May we truly see every other, knowing that the destruction of the past is less possible when we look into each other's eyes.

In this way, the way of deep seeing and divine compassion and sacred love, may comfort be closer than we imagine.

Amen.

#shabbat #chazon #9av #BuildOnLove

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