Hate , Discord , Confusion
וה' ברך את אדני מאד ויגדל
With all our disgust , nevertheless , when we see with astonishment pictures of both a US supertanker and 2 giant firefighters from Russia both rushing to Israel to help put out those flames of hatred and evil, we pray that this should be the foreshadowing in a positive fulfillment of the prophecy eagle and the bear at the gates of Jerusalem.
Here in our own little 'vinkle',the right to build more shuls in Outremont was revoked.It is easy to cry 'anti semitism', but the truth is , besides at least one voice we would like to 'Forget',it is probably more of a sense of culture divide and a real fear of losing business as demographics change, that drove the vote.Probably going the route of seeking a legal outcome is correct.And that would be actually a positive step of defining a healthy democracy.
To the South , we see the leftists emotional response to losing a vote go to a point of violence.And so many of our own 'jewish blood' caught up in a movement seeming to go openly anti semitic. We are not even that confident with the camp of the president elect we won't see similar dangers.We pray that 'elements' of yiddishkeit in his own family will help him steer the better way.
When the fires started in Israel, I debated with myself whether to write the following or not.Now, that , b'h , it seems to have been conquered, I feel a little freer to write, even though I know that certain elements of our people would go to town with these thoughts not the way I truly mean.
But I said to myself,these fires were in the parsha of zivugim.It does say Ish v'Ishe, if the yud and 'keh' are there , b'sholom , the shechina rests,if not , take those letters away and fire eats them up.So, too ,it says a fire is only found where there is chillul shabbas.
The arabs are , actually ,religious (be it , nevertheless perverted).The Orach Chaim mentions in the parsha that eventually Yishmael will recognize to whom he belongs, as the child of Hagar hashifhcha.
The world about us is plagued by isms , discord, jealousies, but in our parsha , the loyal servant of Avraham seeks quietly the zivvug for Yitzchok.That zivvug is to unite heaven and earth, and is to unite thereby the whole world and bring the world to shlemus and peace.
Ultimately peace can't come to the world, till we, His Chosen People,truly live with the light given to us.It is not Israeli technology that will save us and the world , but the teachings of the torah that have kept us alive as a people through all the dark ages and which have made us different and elevated.
This is our job as a people to breathe sanity and faith in all our dealings whether it be here in open golus, or in our homeland in a much deeper golus of confusion.The real 'tikun' is for us to live fully and openly as Yidden.This is really only possible completely in Israel.Maybe this is why I've been continually 'begging' my friends to join us in http://www.buyapieceofisrael.com/
We haven't published for some time, but this is our commitment in our small 'virtual kehilla' , to try to be a steady inspiration of light .