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Significance of the Destruction of the Temple

Q: What is lacking in the world because of the destruction of the Temple?

Q: What is lacking in the world because of the destruction of the Temple?

A: The Talmud states that if the world knew what they were missing because of the destruction of the Temple, the nations would have placed armed guards around it so that it would never have been destroyed.

The Temple is the place of atonement for the sins of all of humanity, by virtue of the seventy oxen sacrificed by Israel on the holiday of Succot. It is also the place where the holy Shechina appears, causing joy in the whole world and making the lives of all human beings happy.

When the joy was taken away the recognition of G-d disappeared. From the time of the destruction, G-d was transformed into a concept instead of a living reality. This is a tragedy for all humanity, which no longer recognizes the Creator.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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