by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
A friend asked, "what is the highest response to such unbelievable cruelty?"
Our natural tendency, which is the nefesh behamious (the animal soul), is to counter anger with anger, and darkness with darkness.
Instead, we must turn to the nefesh elokus (the G-dly soul) and counter darkness with light.
This doesn't mean one shouldn't defend oneself or protect oneself from violence and danger. But we mustn't dwell on marshal abilities, rather we must increase our focus on Torah and mitzvot, shining in good deeds and ahavat yisroel (love of our fellow), redoubling the efforts they tried to crush.
Radical Islam would turn this world into Gehenom (Hell). We must bring down the Shechina (the Divine Presence) and turn it into Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden).
Monday, December 01, 2008
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