Jewish sages say the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE, which is marked on the fast of Tisha Be’av beginning Saturday night, can be attributed to sinat chinam, or baseless hatred between Jewish people at the time.
MK Yehudah Glick (Likud), known for his activism for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the former site of the destroyed center of Jewish worship, knows a thing or two about the Temple. And after more than two months as a member of Knesset, he has some things to say about baseless hatred.
One of the first things that struck Glick upon becoming a lawmaker at the end of May was the way MKs spoke to and treated one another.
“I saw it in the committees, in the plenum, people screaming at each other and not listening to one another,” Glick told The Jerusalem Post this week. “I said to myself, this is something I would like to work on, changing the whole dialogue and level of conversation, and turn it into something more civilized, so people listen and respect each other.” Continue reading