By C. Nestlebaum

HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky, shlita, asked, “Is the mitzvah of v’ahavta l’rei’acha kamocha too demanding for us?”

This Tishah B’Av, acquire practical tools to improve in the area of loving your fellow Jew as you love yourself. Your life and the lives of others will be changed forever.

Join over 50,000 people in 700 locations, in 16 countries around the world, who have all come to trust Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation to bring them a quality presentation that lasts throughout the year.

It’s no mystery. Hashem tells us clearly how He wants the Jewish people to live, as families, as neighbors, and as friends: with love.

And not just with love, but with a love so expansive that the needs and cares of others matter as much to us as do our personal concerns.

Along with this mitzvah comes a promise: When Klal Yisrael comes together in the way the Torah prescribes, Hashem will build Himself a home and come to live among us again. Our galus will end.

This Tishah B’Av, the annual Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation Worldwide Event focuses on the single mitzvah most vital to bringing Klal Yisrael out of galus. “V’ahavta l’rei’acha kamocha: The Blueprint for Rebuilding the Beis HaMikdash,” explores this seemingly simple yet elusive mitzvah, and reveals a system anyone can use to take major strides in the right direction.

The worldwide event, bringing together 50,000 Jews, is itself a testimony to the power of ahavas Yisrael. With two programs, each featuring some of the most inspiring speakers in Klal Yisrael, the event will tap into this powerful achdus and motivate Jews around the world to embrace “V’ahavta l’rei’acha kamocha” as never before.

Program A features: HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, shlita, rosh yeshiva at Mesivta of Lakewood and Telshe, and a prolific talmid chacham and mechaber sefarim on all areas of Torah; Rabbi Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro shlita, rav of Shaaray Tefillah of North Miami Beach and internationally-acclaimed speaker who inspires thousands each day with his shemiras ha’lashon yomi shiurim; and Rabbi Fishel Schachter, shlita, Va’ad Hanhalah of Yeshivah Mevakshei Hashem, popular Chazaq speaker and widely-acclaimed lecturer.

Program B features: Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, shlita, who has served as mashpia in Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon since 2013 and is the founding mara d’asra of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere; Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein, founder and director of Ohr Naava, Ateres Naava, and Bnot Chaya Academy for girls, and a dynamic speaker who inspires audiences worldwide; and Mr. Michael Rothschild, prodigious director of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.

With words chosen to reach across the globe and inspire a new commitment to ahavas Yisrael, these speakers aim to make this Tishah B’Av a turning point. The blueprint is right in front of us, as well as the tools we need. When Hashem sees His children living with each other in peace and unity, He will be ready to rebuild His home once more.

This Tishah B’Av, b’ezras Hashem, construction will begin.

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