Lately the web has been filled with a lot of negativity amongst Jews it just makes me sad.
As we prepare to receive the Torah together, all as one at Mount Sinai, lets take a moment to think about what really matters. We are small people, and infighting does nothing positive for us in the big picture. If all of K’lal Yisrael could gather together to await Moshe not knowing what they were in for, surely we can find ways to have productive conversations to learn from one another rather than to turn to negativity when things get tough.
In times like these, I often think of these lyrics from Joan Osborne, circa 1995 (not Alanis Morissette though others may try to convince you)
What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Trying to make his way home
What if God really was out there, on the internet, reading us all bashing each other instead of lifting each other up? I’m not one to presume to know what God wants or means, but I feel like its a pretty safe assumption based on things like “love your neighbor as yourself” and “you should take in the stranger among you” that Hashem is more interested in us living peacefully than arring over who is right on any given topic or action.
So I encourage us all to take a moment to think before we speak (or type) and ponder if we would say what we are about to if we knew Hashem was reading along.