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Fixing The Heart

The gemara in Nedarim says that the reason that the first Beis Hamikdash was destroyed was because the Jews didn't say birkas hatorah. The Ran explains that despite the fact that they learned, they didn't appreciate the VALUE of Torah. Torah was interesting but not worth a bracha.

The gemara in Yoma says that the second Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because despite the fact that the Jews performed acts of kindness they still hated each other.

The common denominator is that DOING what is right is NOT ENOUGH. There also needs to be appreciation. Appreciation of the value of Torah and appreciation of the value of our fellow man.

Hashem doesn't just want our deeds. Hashem, kviyachol, wants our HEARTS!!!!

P.S. The answer to "Faulty Analogy" is given by willworkforfood in the comments to that post.

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