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Rav Tzadok HaKohen: A 22 Day Window Of Opportunity To Catch Up With The King
Rav Tzadok HaKohen writes in the Pri Tzadik that the three weeks are a unique opportunity to "catch up" with Hashem. Since Hashem's fate is intertwined with that of Am Yisroel during the weeks of Bain HaMitzarim the King has no home. When the King is out of his palace and wandering the country it affords the common folk a unique opportunity to see him and meet him.
This idea says the Magid of Mezerich can be seen in the words of Eicha, "Kol Rodfeha Hiseguha Bein HaMitzarim". The plain meaning refers to the enemies of Klal Yisroel that pursue us and catch us during these sad days. However says the the Magid of Mezerich this also refers to anyone who wants to "catch" Hashem. If we truly pursue Him we can catch Him during this period.
Rav Tzadok adds that there are 22 days in the period beginning 17 Tammuz and ending 9 Av. This is the number of the letters of the Aleph Bais with which the Torah was written. Since we violated the torah, these 22 gloomy days are our opportunity to rectify it.
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