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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

What Happened to Ahdut?

I hate to mimic a liberal mantra, but why can't Kelal Yisrael just get along?

I haven't seen as much Peirud as in the past couple weeks. Purim should have been a holiday that generates Ahava among Kelal Yisrael, but since then, alas, all I've seen is Sin'ah.

  1. Jewish website A gets an interview with someone who smashes computers.

  2. Jewish website B rants about this.

  3. Jewish website A published an op-ed which is not-so-flattering to Jonathan Pollard.

  4. Jewish website B published an op-ed (currently offline) which is not-so-flattering to Dr. Lander.

  5. Jewish website B considers removing comments (in an article that generated 115 comments) because of the previous op-ed.

  6. Jewish website C publishes an op-ed that decides to blast both Jewish website A and Jewish website B because of #3 & #4 above.

  7. Jewish organization X makes an agreement with Rabbi W not to give further semicha to female rabbis

  8. Jewish organization Y decides to blast Jewish organization X for this agreement and calls it a capitulation.

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for making a Meha'a when necessary. And in some of these cases, I agree that some of the ideas being protested are ill-conceived.

However, where is the Ahdut???!!!

What happened to Ve'ahavta LeRei'acha Kamocha?
What happened to the Ahava for each other that we had on Purim, where we accepted the Torah from Ahava, and we gave Mishlo'ah Manot and Matanot La'evyonim to our bretheren? Where is this?

Do we contemplate that we're coming to the month of Nissan, which is a month that we were redeemed and destined to be redeemed? One of the prerequisites of Ge'ula is Ahdut! Can we not understand this?

Yes, a Meha'a is necessary sometimes, but Kelal Yisrael, methinks thou dost protest too much.

These petty arguments are not bringing the Ge'ula. Ahdut will.

Update: This is a positive development.


At Tue Mar 09, 05:15:00 PM 2010, Blogger Asher said...

Well said.

At Tue Mar 09, 05:48:00 PM 2010, Blogger Neshama said...

You are so so right, but maybe all the negativity/yetzer hara has to seep out of all the closets in order to finally be zapped when Moshiach "finally" arrives!

At Wed Mar 10, 01:39:00 PM 2010, Blogger Ari Goldwag said...

Think about Yosef and the brothers, and know that Hashem will use the very pirud to bring about the ultimate achdus.

At Wed Mar 10, 02:46:00 PM 2010, Blogger yaak said...

Thank you for your positive spin on this, Ari.

At Wed Mar 10, 11:12:00 PM 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also you might have forgotten that on Wednesday Peres met with Robbanim in Ponevezh and spoke to the community. Now that seems like pretty good Achdus to me!(even though NK did protest.) Personally I think you see a greatly dividing split in Klal Yisroel. Those who are Mevakesh the Emes and those that are not and there aren’t too many in between. So what I see these days are very extreme situations. Either one way or another. Or those which we have to read between the lines to see what really is the Emes. I personally feel that this right now is the Specific objective Hashem wants from us. And the more Emes we discern and follow, the more close we will get to the Geulah. By the way this concept is also mentioned in Navi, the concept of filtering. I’m just not sure where. Thanks for the Great Blog!


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