Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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We Know Who You Are

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

"There's an eye that sees, an ear that hears, and all is recorded in a book."

These words of our sages are meant to teach us to carefully measure our words and actions, for we will be taken to account for them at the heavenly beis din (the heavenly court after 120 years, the end of our lives).

For many years, the idea that life was being recorded was somewhat difficult to grasp. How could that much detail truly be captured? Yet, now we have entered the digital age, the information age, the age of MP3 recorders the size of a small coin, cameras the size of a pen, hard disks that can hold the accumulated knowledge of mankind on your own personal computer, and the Internet where that information is published everywhere. And that's just the stuff available to the public.

Yet, will we be afraid of being, G-d forbid, embarrassed or interrogated here in this world? Or will be continue to remember the words of our sages and be careful with our actions that even seemingly are in private OR seemingly anonymous???

There's a story from the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, HaRav Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson, who was arrested and interrogated many times for the great crime of organizing yeshivas in the early days of Communist Russia. One time, they brought him from his cell to the interrogation chamber, the interrogator entered and screamed at him to give the information on who was running the schools and where they were, pulling his pistol, cocking it, and placing it at the Rebbe's head.

The Rebbe answered, "that may work for those with many gods and 1 world, but is powerless against those with 1 G-d and 2 worlds."

Lo Lo lifached, lifached may af echad, rock m'Hashem echad! Do do do not fear, do not fear from anyone, only from Hashem who's One.

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