Insights into The Three Weeks:
In conclusion, the fact that the Beis Hamikdash is not around anymore is much, much worse than we even imagine, and, we do not only mourn over the destruction, but also, we need to mourn over the fact that we sinned for it to be destroyed. We must mourn over our sins as well.
But what is the message for us of the Three Weeks? Let me try to give a possible answer for this question: The Three Weeks should be a time to remember and contemplate about the Beis Hamikdash, to think about how great it was, and also to remember our sins. For, the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because of our sins, and why is it not being rebuilt yet? Because of our sins! Ah, but now we see one of the lessons of The Three Weeks: Since we know the things which I just mentioned, we can think about our own sins, and try to repent for them. And if every Jew does Teshuvah, returns to Hashem, and tries very hard to stop sinning, then Hashem will rebuild the holy Beis Hamikdash very speedily in everyone's days!
So The Three Weeks are a time for contemplation, a time for mourning and sadness - even on a personal level, because we know that we too, have sinned, and contributed to the Beis Hamikdash not being here currently. This Holy House where we were able to serve Hashem to the ultimate level! Think about this! We must try to take the messages of The Three Weeks to heart, and hopefully, B'Ezras Hashem, put them into action.
I will try to, B'Ezras Hashem Yisbarech, follow up this post at a later date with a post on Tisha B'Av. And I sincerely hope that all these things help.
Have a wonderful day!
1 Stone Edition Chumash, Parshas Beshalach. Artscroll/Mesorah Publications© Ltd.