The 9th day of the month of Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we fast, deprive ourselves of pleasure, and pray. It is the culmination of the Three Weeks, a period during which we mark the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Both Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on this date.
The Holy Temple was a large structure built for the service of G-d and was the core of all the commandments given by G-d to Moses on Mt. Sinai, it was the most sacred site. For nearly 2,000 years, there has been no Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Yet, it is a strong promise and prophecy of our generation that the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. It is known as the Third Temple, it will be built according to the prophecies of Ezekiel. This Holy Temple is supposed to last forever;
The inner purpose of the Holy Temple’s destruction is to give room to the ultimate building of the next and final Holy Temple, which will signify humanity’s elevation to the state of redemption. This redemption will include the Jewish people and all the Noahides in the world. So actually the destruction was only for the purpose of rebuilding something new which is way higher than the previous one.
In our lives, the inner purpose of all destruction or challenges is the ultimate construction of a new and higher consciousness. To build a new Holy Temple within each of us where the Essence of the Infinite light is revealed. Noahides as well should strive to see the Third Holy Temple revealed as this would be the ultimate goal of creation to create a dwelling place for G-d.
Within the darkness, the most potent light is hidden. Within the chaos, the highest Divine order is concealed. It is up to us to reveal it. Despite the destruction, we stand on the threshold of a new reality; Rebuilding the Third Holy Temple and the final redemption of all human beings. This is why the sages say that King David's kingship from which Moshiach is coming, is similar in one aspect to a lion, even when the lion is falling he can wake in a second. This analogy refers to the kingship of Moshiach who can be reestablished within a very short time.
Rabbi Moshe Bernstein is a writer and a Community Rabbi in Netanya, Israel. He believes in making connections between the Jewish People and the Noahides worldwide in order to share and enhance the knowledge of the Torah's Universal Code for Humanity and fulfill Isaiah's Prophecy 11:9 " And the world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the oceans".