Lamentations Chapter 2 אֵיכָהI suggest listening to Shani Taragin's shiur Eicha, Sounds of Music.
The Jewish People, the same one that exists today, is a very ancient people. None of our long-ago national or cultural peers still exist. Historians and theologians have written our obituary many times. At least two other religions were invented to replace us, Christianity and Islam, and they are fighting us for our Land. The Arabs, their international backers and even some Israelis are pushing for a so-called Palestinian State, G-d forbid, and the Vatican is making deals with the Israeli Government to take over our holy sites, like Mount Zion.
YERUSHALAYIM - Israel has secretly informed the pope and senior Vatican officials that it is ready to reach a deal according to which it will transfer sovereignty of Kever David on Har Tzion to the Vatican, along with six Christian sites around the country. In exchange, Israel will receive permission to nationalize land that is under Christian control on the shores of the Kinneret.The forces of good and evil, Jewish rights/religion versus western secular are fighting. In some ways it's subtle and in other ways it gets physically nasty. The Arabs generally are up front and honest about it. They go for the physical kill, with rocks, rifles, bombs and rocket attacks.
After heavy Christian pressure, which has been applied for the past 60 years, the government is caving in now, specifically under Prime Minister Netanyahu, and is deciding to approve agreements drafted by former deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon. He conducted ongoing secret negotiations with the church, along with Bahij Mansour, the head of religion in the Diaspora division of the Foreign Ministry.
Some of the victims of Arab terrorism: Top Left to Right: Koby Mandell, Yehuda Haim Shoham, Esther Ohana Center: Yosef Ishran Bottom Left to Right: Bachor Jean, Asher Palmer and his infant son Jonathan, Stf. Sgt. Benny Meisner
I've been studying the Bible for the past few years in Matan. I'm in the six year program Al HaPerek, in which Na"Ch, Prophets and Writings have been divided up. We study two chapters a week, and we are now studying Yechezkel, having already finished Joshua, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah and Jeremiah.
Today's politics in the State of Israel and modern Jewish History seems so similar to Biblical Times and I find that frightening. We Jewish People are again battling. Will G-d decide that we must be dispersed again, or will we progress to the building of the Third Holy Temple? I'd like to say that it's all up to G-d, but I understand that it is really up to us. G-d created us with free will, and we therefore have the power to bring the Moshiach, Redemption.
We are not G-d's puppets; we are free-thinking people who must make the right decisions the right moves. G-d will help us if we do so. That's how we were victorious in our early wars against the Arab attackers, the 1948 War for Israeli Independence, the 1967 Six Days War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Our Salvation and our victories all come from G-d. The message of Tisha B'Av is that if we pray to false G-ds, if we make deals with foreign leaders, if we give away our precious Land, G-d may very well decide that we're not the right generation for Redemption. He may let us be destroyed the way He did in the past.