When a Tzaddik passes away
Despair is not a Jewish concept. Our national anthem is called Hatikva (hope) as a nation of tremendous loss, here for thousands of years as a witness to history. We have endured tremendous suffering and persecution, yet we remain, vigilant, stubborn, and amazingly, optimistic. A Jew is always yearning for the rebuilding of Jerusalem. In all our homes, we leave a portion unfinished not in memory of the destruction, but in hope for the rebuilding of the Temple.
This past week four tremendous souls passed away. Four Tzadikim, righteous leaders and tremendous Torah scholars. When a Tzadik (a righteous person) dies, there is a space/void left in their wake.