by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
It's been 75 years since the world went mad, and the madness has started again. In the name of religious freedom, those who value the concept would allow a religion in the midst of it's 2nd fanatical age to rampage within their countries and directly target another peaceful religion.
While those few remaining from the last madness still walk around with numbers of death tattooed to their arms, the 70 wolves would gladly sacrifice the little lamb to the rabid pack off to the side to avoid a confrontation.
It started as an excuse, with those who never liked the little lamb collaborating. Boycotts and insults followed. Business deals broken, academic arrangements severed. It was all so prim and proper.
But the hunger of the rabid pack was awakened. Seeing their hunger not only accepted but encouraged, their rabid nature came to the fore. Insults moved to threats, threats to beatings and vandalism. In the last madness, this took years. This time...months.
Next the beatings of the lamb in France, threats to the lamb's businesses in England, vandalism of the lamb's houses of worship in Chicago and South America will move to (G-d forbid) broken bones, and then worse.
Those among the little lamb who remember and learn their books know "in every generation they rise up against us." But many have forgotten. For those outside the pasture, it's been 75 years since the last madness - the elderly grandmother remembers or maybe the great grandmother remember, if they're still around. For those in the pasture, it's been 35 years since the wolves threatened to overrun - dad who fought a battle of existence is nearing retirement. The others sing of peace or worry about prosperity. They can't imagine being under threat, while the rabid wolves are already circling.
The little lamb must return to the Shepherd for safety. But the rabid pack will draw blood, if not from the meat of the lamb then by turning on the other packs. Not only the lamb has forgotten, but so has the world. The rabid pack NEVER goes quietly, inviting it to nest in your living room will end painfully.
The madness has come again.
From the Shepherd's green pasture,
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא