The Gemara tells us that there was enough water, floor and firewood to sustain the Torah-loyal community in Jerusalem for another 25 years. But the wicked zealots destroyed these reserves to force the people to fight against the Romans. The result - destruction, death and Diaspora.
Unfortunately, this poison is still in our midst.
No one has the right to take the law - religious or civil - in his own hands. Sure, we certainly don't relish public actions that violate the Torah, particularly in the Land of Israel and especially in Jerusalem. Although we take exception to actions, we nonetheless must have compassion on our fellow humans who do those actions. Indeed, the Torah commands us to love them. We therefore must vociferously condemn the actions of the frenzied zealot who stabbed six people who were participating in the pride parade that took place in Jerusalem yesterday, as well as the immoral and mind-twisted zealots who entered the Arab village of Duma northeast of Ramallah last night, setting fire to two houses, killing a baby and critically wounding several other family members. Security forces are on a massive man-hunt to nab the perpetrators, but meanwhile, Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem have turned into a volcano that has already started to erupt.
Both cowardly hate crimes are the worst form of chilul Hashem, desecration of Hashem's Holy Name. This is not the way of Judaism, for a true Jew has mercy for all of humanity. As Judaism despises zealotry and hate, it's our solemn duty to rid ourselves of this terrible poison in our midst. The sooner the better.