by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Sometimes I despair for my fellow Jews. They frequently feel strongly and rush to protest something…anything! When asked how things should be, what the solution is, they often respond “I don’t know, but not like that!”
They throw themselves at good causes, stupid causes, often self hurtful causes. They feel things should be just and right, and dammit they’re going to do something about it – even if what they do doesn’t help one bit.
For smart people sometimes (maybe even often?) they don’t think things through. They feel things are wrong and they’re not going to stand for it. They rush off to do something, anything, to make things better (whatever that may mean from their particular point of view).
Sometimes I despair for my fellow Jews. They even feel for their enemies while those enemies are doing their best to kill them. They want everyone to have it better, even if some of that ‘everyone’ is doing their best to blow the crap (and all their body parts) out of them.
Sometimes I despair for my fellow Jews, that even on religious fast days devoted to lessons of internal hatred they’re protesting against each other over strongly held positions. They’re screaming and rushing about determined to fix the world if these other people would just get out of their way.
Whether it be Shabbos or Kosher, or Peace or respecting the enemy’s honor (?!?), or housing or education or help for the poor, or traffic or the environment, they’re going to fix it, dammit.
But when it really matters and all that energy, all that caring, all that intense desire to do something, to make it right, to make it better, when in moments of trouble or pain or danger or need, when all those Jews momentarily or briefly come together (or are sometimes pushed together), I no longer despair for my fellow Jews. I revel in them.
For they will fix the world, indeed they will make it better, they will make it right, and just, and holy.
We see that Jewish drive all the time. When it’s harnessed, when it’s properly directed…perhaps by Moshiach tzidkaynu, watch out… the Jews will change the world.