Monday, August 08, 2011


Ahavas Yisroel - Love of your Fellow, and we're back!

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

It's Tisha B'Av in Eretz Yisroel - the Land of Israel. As we sat reading Eicha (Lamentations) for the destruction of the Beis HaMikdash (the Holy Temple), of Jerusalem and a holocaust for the Jewish people, the financial world shook and shuddered the worst in generations.

Whether we are seeing events from the Navi (biblical prophecy) or just entering a time of trouble, it is certain the world is changing...right now and quickly.

We have had a few generations where we could seemingly stand on our own. As individuals and as communities, we've been able to not just get by but to succeed "by the strength of our arms". We've been able to indulge ourselves and every narrow tendency - creating every type of synagogue we might want, every type of school we might want, each individual custom and stringency on kosher food preparation, etc.

Now it seems things are going to be tougher, perhaps much tougher. We're going to have to stand together, work together, help each other, RELY upon each other AND OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.

That's a hard adjustment to make, especially after a few generations of not having to do so. BUT THAT CHESED and compromise of working together, standing together, helping each other - loving our fellow...generates a corresponding chesed from above.

And on Tisha B'Av loving our fellow and working towards common good is some of the most important focus.

A few follow up notes...

1. WE'RE BACK! B"H, with the help of many of our readers in getting Google's attention and a few readers who actually contacted friends who work for Google, a restore option that we could use was finally offered. Your ahavas yisroel in helping us out really made a difference in our lives. Thank you!

2. I received several recent emails (on the previous and a few other articles) making this point, "allow me to disagree with how you - and others - tend to phrase negativities. I agree negative aspects need to be recognised - but not stressed - and definitely not to a widespread audience. Saying 'we have forgotten' or 'can't feel' reinforces that aspect and has an effect of implanting further amnesia into the audience. Remember, words paint a picture. Why not say 'everyone remembers at a soul level what we have missed', which is true deep in the collective subconscious. Something we can all tap into." It's a valid point, thanks for the feedback.

3. Though Reb Akiva is a computer expert, we've learned a lot about taking online protection to a much higher level. I don't want to bog down the blog with a series of technical computer posts, but if readers would be interested I can provide a number of very important hints on how to avoid what occurred to us (stealing of an online account WITHOUT having an infected computer!)

...Have an easy fast. May we merit that this be the FINAL one with the coming of Moshiach Tzidaynu mamash today!


  1. i'd like to see that computer security advice somewhere ..

  2. Had a strong password and clean machine. It was a cross site reference attack.


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