Lail Rosh Chodesh I Tammuz 5780

A git choidesh! We have entered Chodesh Tammuz now, though it is a two day Rosh Chodesh so we’re not officially in Tammuz until second day Rosh Chodesh. This can be seen as a hard month, due to the fact we must commemorate the beginning of the conquer of Yerushalayim, which then led to the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash, may it be rebuilt soon. While this is the proper way to view it, considering we must mourn for three weeks starting on Sheva Asar B’Tamuz, the 17th of this month, we can perhaps view this a little differently through the lens of chassidus.

There is a remez, a hint, in the Torah in the parsha describing all the Yomim Tovim where there is a definitive, and required, space between Shavuos and Rosh HaShanah. The reason for this, according to the tzaddikim, is to show us that one day Tisha B’Av shall be a Yom Tov as well. We know already that Tisha B’Av will be a Yom Tov after Moshaich comes, and it’s possible we could say that the other fast days also will be, since they all are less severe in terms of their halochos, except for Yom Kippur. If we operate off of this understanding, we can learn something from the days of Sefirah. Just as Sefirah, the days between Pesach and Shavuos, are considered Chol HaMoed by many tzaddikim (as brought by the Nitei Gavriel), then we could clearly say that in the times of Moshiach from 17 Tammuz until Tisha B’Av will also be Chol HaMoed, since 17 Tammuz will become a Yom Tov just like Tisha B’Av. So rather than viewing this time with absolute dread, we should recognize that at some point in the future, bezras Hashem even within the next day or so, we’ll merit to the Geulah Shleimah and be able to celebrate in these periods of time, rather than having to mourn.

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