Thursday, May 10, 2012


Achdut: A Sefira Reflection

by Rabbi Michael Alkohen on Mystical Paths

During the sefira we mourn.  By the Mekubalim (kabbalists) this starts at the beginning and goes until the end the the exception of a single day, Lag B'Omer.  Why do we mourn?  For the loss of 22,000 Torah Scholars that died in a plague as a result of Sinat Chinam (baseless hatred).

What is this baseless hatred for which they died?  Did they call each other names?  Did they say derogatory things about one another?  Did they make insults and crack wise in the comments on blog posts?  No.  They did none of these things.  What they did do was they failed to treat each other with the proper respect, to view their fellow students as greater then themselves.

Rav Shalom M. Hedayya ZTzUK"L used to say that ahdut (unity) was the greatest force in the world, and that if we could all simply keep that one single commandment to love one another, even for a single hour, Mashiah would come.    Without fail this would always elicit the reaction of, "Yeah look at those ______ they make a fight with everybody."  Which is when the Rav would simply smirk and hold out his hand with a pointing finger and say, "When you point one finger at someone else, three more are pointing back at yourself."

Truly it is easy to see the faults in others while we justify our own actions.  All the more so on the internet, where anonymous ID's give us the ability to say things that we would never say in real life.  I have thought about this a lot in recent days, especially my own posting and commenting.  How have I held back geula (redemption)? 

Maybe we should all think about that.


  1. Out of interest, what do you of some Jewish opinions that suggest Lag B'Omer is actually referring to a particular battle where 24.000 Jewish warriors fell at the hands of the Romans?

  2. This post originally appeared at the author's blog:אחדות-a-sefira-reflection


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