by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
First, derech eretz (acting respectfully). As we learn clearly from Pirke Avos, where there is EGO there is only YOU. And where there is only YOU, there is no room for Hashem.
The Yetzer Hara (evil inclination) does not come to the frumma yid (the religious Jew) and say "hey buddy, that's a lovely looking honey baked ham for sale over there, how about picking it up?" The yetzer is a wiley fox, he sneaks around and attacks people's weak points. "Hey, you know better and they're soooo ignorant, let them know how stupid they are. It's for their own good!" ...
A decade ago I was walking to tashlich on Rosh Hashana (a new year's outdoor ritual) with my young son and I passed a chossid of another chassidus who was walking back. He looked at me and said, "You're a Chabadnik?". Yes I responded. "Nu, where's your Rebbe now?" I stood there literally with my mouth hanging open, I couldn't believe it. "Nu, where's your Rebbe? Ha ha ha" he said again and walked away. (He was happy a tzaddik was dead? He was happy Moshiach hadn't come?)
We are in very turbulent times. G-d willing, it's the last moments of chevlai moshiach (the birth pangs of Moshiach). G-d forbid, it's more trials and tribulations as Hashem leads the world into the corrections necessary towards the Geulah. In either case, Jews are looking for leadership, direction, and some clue on the actions to take to prepare and protect them and their families (and yes, their finances - as it says, no bread no Torah).
We have CONFLICTING statements from gedolim, who are ALL trying to do their best for their communities and for the Jewish people. Every week world events, financial and otherwise, are taking shocking turns. And for many of our readers (and, btw, the authors of this blog) financial hard times with layoffs-redundancies, housing troubles, loss of invested funds, and loss of businesses are directly impacting their lives.
It's time for LARGE AMOUNTS of ahavas yisroel (love of our fellow) and achdus (unity). It's the only way we're going to get through such times. By hanging on, together.
Many blessings and Shabbat Shalom.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא