What Is the Cause of the Mourning?

And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart. Is it not, they said, an a fortiori argument? If in the future when they will be engaged in mourning and the Evil Inclination will have no power over them, the Torah nevertheless says, men separately and women separately, how much more so now when they are engaged in rejoicing and the Evil Inclination has sway over them.

What is the cause of the mourning [mentioned in the last cited verse]? —R[abbi] Dosa and the Rabbis differ on the point. One explained, The cause is the slaying of Messiah the son of Joseph,1 and the other explained, The cause is the slaying of the Evil Inclination.

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Author: Talmud - Mas. Sukkah 52a

Keywords: House of David, Evil inclination, Yetzer Hara, Hara Yetzer, Ha-ra Yetzer, Hara Yezer, Hara Yetser, Ha-ra Yetser, Ha-ra Yezer, Yezer hara, Yetzer ha-ra, Yezer ha-ra

Bible reference(s): Zechariah 12:12

Source: Talmud — Mas. Sukkah 52a

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