by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths
The Gemara tells us that whenever something happens to us, good or bad, we should try to see what behavior of ours brought it about. It says that the results must somehow fit their causes in order for us to be able to learn from it.[i]
We see today a depth of hatred that has never been seen before. When the natzis, y’msh (may their names be erased) hated us, they just wanted to destroy us. The arab murderer does not just want to kill a Jew. He wants to dip his hands in our blood. This is not even animal behavior, it is demented.
If you really want to do something to defend a Jew from their knives, this is what you can do. Sub-animal hatred can only be reversed with above-human love.
Open your heart to a Jew, like an angel would. At first, pick an easy Jew to love, someone you know and already really like. Feel love for him, or better yet, do something nice for him. Even just call him up and wish him well.
Then, see if you can spread that love to more Jews, and maybe you can do something for them, too. Spend time each day just loving Jews. For instance, you can think of some of the contributions that Jews have made to the world. Did you know that even though only one out of 510 people in the world are Jewish, one out of four Noble Prize winners are Jews! Wow, what a great people. When you look around you will be amazed by our impact on the world. Make sure that you give to Jewish charities. Try to figure some way to help Jews in your neighborhood.
Anything that you do anywhere to increase your love for a Jew, especially if it makes no sense for you to love him, will protect other innocent Jews from an arab’s senseless hatred.
Oh, and it will make you feel better, too.
[i] Gemara Berachos 5a