by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
I hate you! Yes YOU!
Not because you suck, though you do. (Frankly, you've taken sucking to a whole new level, but that's besides the point.) No, I hate you because YOU ARE IN MY WAY.
I'm trying to do something for the community and you are screwing it up. I recognize that you're trying to do something for the community also. I'll even admit that you're doing a few things pretty well, things that need to be done that I couldn't do.
But it doesn't matter because when it comes to other things your way of doing them sucks, and mine will bring us to a better place.
Oh, and you've been disrespecting the rav. Of course I haven't, you have.
During the 3 weeks, a time when we recognize baseless hatred among the Jewish people and try to rectify it, I watched two community leaders argue basically like the above for 4 hours last night. I watched a community SPLIT, exactly what brought down the Beis HaMikdash.
What differs in the above than many normal arguments is the Yetzer Hara has done a superb job of repositioning itself. Neither person is protecting their OWN respect, rather both are fighting for the community and the rav. Fighting each other, destroying the community, bringing the rav to tears...for the sake of the community and the rav.
Yetzer Hara - 1 Yetzer Tov - 0
Making peace in such a situation is ALMOST impossible. Almost - but we have a responsibility to try. And it is certainly impossible without trying. For peace, ahavas yisroel (love of our fellow), and to make our community a better place and (by extension) the world a better place - we must try.
We always must try to bring peace and unity, for such is the key to our survival.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא