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Parshas Va’eschanan & Shabbos Nachamu: Radical Acceptance

So here we are, folks. Another year, another Tisha B’Av come and gone. We’ve fasted, we’ve cried, we’ve davened our hearts out. We’ve questioned and demanded answers, we’ve inspired others and been reciprocally inspired. And yet, rather than standing at the gates of the third Beis HaMikdash, dancing arm in arm in exuberant, triumphant joy, we find ourselves instead at the end of another week of work or camp, swept up in the mundane and all-too-familiar rhythm of life in exile. What happened to our heartfelt tefilos, to the joint merits of our national mourning these past three weeks? Why is it that, year after year, we seem to be runn