For if you will not give heed, my inmost self must weep, because of your pride; my eye must stream and flow with copious tears… These are the words of the Prophet Jeremiah, describing what will happen should Jerusalem be destroyed. Why mention pride? Jeremiah was predicting, says the Talmud, that should Jerusalem be destroyed there would be no more Jewish pride. Jewish pride is a Jew's last spark of and first entry into Judaism, should this be taken all would be lost. And for this reason Jeremiah cried copiously.