Jerusalem – Israeli news service Kikar HaShabbos reports that the Rishon L’Tziyon, Rav Shlomo Moshe Amar said in a pre-Tisha B’av Radio Kol Chai address that it is hatred and discrimination that prevent the coming of Moshiach.
Rabbi Amar said unequivocally, “The biggest danger we face is ourselves, not terrorism.”
Speaking this past Friday, the Yom Hilula of the Ari Z’L, the Rishon L’Tziyon said, “With the Yom Hilula of the Ari Hakadosh falling out on Erev Shabbos this year, we have the unique opportunity to go from Kedusha to Kedusha, from the Hilula to Shabbos.”
“The very foundation of the Jewish people is achdus, unity. But our love of material possessions is more important to us than our love for each other. We place a higher priority on the material aspects of this world than on the unity of the Jewish people. “
“2,000 years has passed since the destruction of the Bais Hamikdash and we still have not been saved. Our existence now is one of complete bitterness and there is still no end in sight. The same terrible hatred that caused the destruction of our holiest place and burned the Bais Hamikdash still consumes us.”
“Each of us and every member of our families has to wake up and remove from within ourselves all traces of jealousy and hatred. But this can never happen as long as we are immersed in a culture that puts so much emphasis on materialism.”
“Discrimination. Separation. Hatred. Looking down on someone because he is shorter than you. Has less money than you. That is true hatred, terrible discrimination that tears apart our community and our nation. That is our biggest danger. Not terrorists.”
“We are the biggest danger to ourselves. This is our churban.”