As we approach Tisha B’Av, we become concerned about our shallow connection to Hashem: The lack of the Beis Hamikdash, THE place to express our love to him; THE place that Hashem shows us his love for us.

We are also tense about the situation in the Negev, and beyond. Where do we turn to gather strength: Gaza the UN or the US? The eternal answer is to Hashem, through His Torah.

Moshe Rabbeinu in this week’s Parsha gives rebuke to us as we are about to enter Eretz Yisroel. Why now? (see Rashi) Perhaps before going forward we must take a real honest look at ourselves! Indeed klal Yisroel accepted the lesson and went into Eretz Yisroel.

May we take their example to heart and examine and improve ourselves and merit our next step.