by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
It is always an aspect of kedusha, holiness, that the klipa, the other side, tries to hang on to it and draw off some life force to sustain itself.
In normal times this may mean our holy leaders, our holy organizations and our holy societies may be beset with minor negativities… leaders that might occasionally slip up a little bit, organizations that have a person or two with some inappropriate personal goals, societies with some aspects and people that are just drawn in the wrong direction and cause negative impact on the whole.
In extreme times such as we now seem to be (whether this is the geulah cycle or just a major national and world change cycle), the klipa takes advantage to expand it’s draw (off the kedushah) and it’s impact.
To our great regret we see this in our time. Holy leaders who trip and fall and get involved in improper things. False leaders where the good is a façade covering negative activities. Holy tzaddikim who’s organizations become riddled with people out for money and power. Holy organizations who’s good is eaten away and hollowed out. And holy communities and the kahal affected more and more.
The Yetzer is doing all too good of a job weakening us from the inside. Even our holiest leaders and organizations are met with skepticism and have been tarnished from the actions of others.
Know it’s all a trick of the other side! The kedusha is under a full frontal assault, and the prize is the strength of the Jewish people.
Because of the Yetzer’s efforts we are forced to be more vigilant. But we must NOT let the Yetzer win and become cynical about the whole system. The Yetzer is trying to bring it all down, we have to push back with increased chesed (kindness and good deeds), increased tzedakah (charity and helping our fellow), and Torah (so we can clearly recognize the emes and push things in the right direction).
In this time, with our holy leaders weakened by the attack, we must all stand up and add our push for kedusha. In this time EVERYONE makes a difference. And we cannot rely solely on our holy ones.