by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Acdus / Achdut - Unity, as in people (or a nation) coming together.
"We must hang together gentlemen, or we will surely hang separately" - Benjamin Franklin
Commentary on the Torah on Dor Migdal Bavel (the generation of the Tower of Babel) asks why Hashem didn't destroy these people who rose up against Him the way the Dor HaFlaga (the generation of the Flood) was destroyed? They were worthy of being saved in merit of their achdus - their unity. Their unity gave them the ability to reach great heights, or great depths. That was an attribute worth saving.
At the funeral of the martyrs of Mumbai two days ago, I heard plenty of calls for achdus. I'm told we're all united, we're all Chabadniks now, we're all mourning as one.
I wish it were so...
The funeral of the Shluchim was attended by Chabad. Oh, a few others came, a few. The funeral of the kashrus supervisors was attended by the chassidim of Meah Shearim. Oh, a few others came, a few. I haven't even heard or seen any info about the funeral of the grandmother from (Tel Aviv, or Petach Tikva)?
This week, the settlers are struggling with the government (out to prove it's "strength" against it's own) over a home legally bought, struggling by themselves. UTJ (Israeli United Torah Judaism party) lost the Jerusalem mayoral election as different sub-groups refused to work together. The National Religious dissolved their old political party and formed a new one, that can't organize itself due to disagreements over structure and power positions.
We are divided by politics. We are divided by hashkafa (cultural approach), minhagim (Jewish customs), Torah focus, lifestyle and national culture.
But dear friends, dear brothers and sisters, if we don't come together on our own Hashem will surely bring us together through common DANGER. Let's do it the right way.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא