Stop and think…

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.

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3 thoughts on “Stop and think…

  1. Melissa, I know what you’re referring to, and I’m not sure if you had this in mind as well, but last week there was a lot of mockery and sarcasm regarding a certain large gathering of the ultra-Orthodox. That pained me, too, and I believe fits in with your beautiful message (in a few ways). Have a wonderful yom tov and thanks for being one of my virtual friends whose messages fill me with light.

  2. Beautiful words, especially for Shavuos. The Torah says that upon the giving of the Torah, “VAYICHAN sham Yisroel neged hahar.” Rashi comes to our rescue explaining why “yayichan” is in the singular when the pasuk is speaking about millions of Jews?! Because at that time our people truly was “k’ish echad b’leiv echad”, like one person, with one heart. Complete unity.

    Regarding that gathering, I actually teared up at the sight of tens of thousands of men coming together to try and improve their holiness, and took mussar for myself from the rousing words of the speakers, especially Rabbi Wachsman. I didn’t understand the Skulener Rebbe but had chills watching this octogenarian tzaddik-hador rise to the podium and address the oilam.

    ASHREINU!

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