There is an ancient custom that on midday of Tisha B’av, still in the midst of our mourning, we take up broom and mop and sweep and clean our homes in anticipation of the Final Redemption.
Now I ask of you, my friends, do you think Mashiach is the ultimate mother-in-law about to make home cleanliness inspections? No, no, you are saying. So then why the custom?
There is something important about sweeping out the physical parameters within which we reside to trigger a similar reckoning and housekeeping of the spaces inside.
So broom and mop in hand we move from space to space, neatening up, cleaning up, scrubbing the stains of our homes. May we merit to do the same in our souls.