Monday, June 13, 2016


Elephants in Rooms are Hard to Ignore

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths


Let’s not discuss the elephant in the room.  We’re not sure we’re permitted to, or that it’s politically correct, or an appropriate discussion in polite company if you will.

Yet elephants in rooms are hard to ignore.  They tend to cause messes, side effects, and occasionally step on people.  They make their presence known because simply by being there take over the environment.

Some animals blend in, mix with the herd.  Others remains separate, but edge themselves by the herd and don’t stand out unless specifically hunted.  But the elephant in the room, a little stomping or charging and soon it’s his room.

Like the emperors new clothes, there are those that insist on ignoring elephants in rooms.  Even crazier, there are those who insist on bringing elephants into rooms and them insist that they be ignored.  We can debate whether these have ulterior motives, truly believe that the elephants need to be saved and the room is the best place for them, or are just nuts.  But they gleefully speak of the positives and advantages while leading the elephants into the rooms, completely ignoring that a room is an incompatible habitat for the elephant.

Others then compound the problem by rushing in to save the elephant!  The elephant must be understood while being in the room.  While it may stomp, because that’s what elephants do, you may not respond…that would be elephant-o-phobia.  Elephants may be incompatible with rooms, but to say so – even after being stomped – clearly shows YOU to be the problem.

Eventually the room becomes an elephant habitat, and all either suffer with the situation or have escaped to better circumstances. 


  1. Well, I believe that wild animals belong in the wild. They don't belong in my house or any house! At the very least, they belong on a well guarded wildlife preserve, where they're free to eat, breed, fight with, and kill each other, if they so desire.

    And then I'm reminded of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov's mashal (parable) about "The Rooster Prince."

    My biggest problem with Islam (as a belief-system) is that Muslims refuse to see themselves as being the literal Offspring of HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Instead, they maintain that they're merely the Sons of Adam. Tell a Muslim the mashal of "The Rooster Prince" and it'll fall on deaf ears. They won't get it.

    Sure, they'll say that Allah is merciful, but since they refuse to see themselves as Sons/Daughters of the Deity, they don't have to be as merciful as He is. There's no reason for them to imitate the Deity, Who makes it to rain (blessings) upon the just and the unjust.

    In short, they've created a belief-system wherein they're unable to be conduits through which the Divine Chesed can flow unabated. They're unable to view themselves as being Co-Working Partners with the Deity in His Creation. They regard such notions as being shirk!

    This is why these elephants belong in an enclosed and well guarded wildlife preservation. If that's not politically correct, then ... oh well! Color me politically incorrect!

  2. Terrific, both the post and the comment. One question - how to get the elefant OUT OF THE ROOM? By Neshama

  3. An excellent question! And there's the rub. How indeed!? I hear that Jordan is lovely this time of year. ;) How does one coax a wild elephant herd to move onto a wildlife preservation, especially those bull elephants who seem to be in a constant state of musth? One can't tranquilize the entire herd and transport them (to Jordan), so systematic deportation isn't the solution.

    I had hoped that water was the answer, but the Red Sea/Dead Sea canal project has been thoroughly derailed and there's no point in Israel going it alone, because the whole point of the project was to pipe desalinated sea water from Eilat to Degania Alef and therewith flush the Jordan River clean and bring life back to the Dead Sea, so that Israel's share of the water could be used to turn the Negev into a rich agricultural zone, while Jordan's share would help them alleviate their own acute water crisis.

    Think about it.... If these elephants could be put to work building a life for themselves ... how much time would they have left to engage in terrorism? Even if some continued with their terrorist agenda, Israel could then use this water as a weapon, since the King of Jordan agreed that the desalination plant would be located on the Israeli side of the border, while the actual canal would be located (for the most part) on the Jordanian side. If this level of cooperation and mutual dependence - to say nothing of the ensuing prosperity - can't bring all parties concerned to live next to each other in peace, then ... what will?

    I watched Rodrigo Vazquez's 2016 documentary entitled, "INSIDE HAMAS." The Arabs in Gaza and the West Bank are going to have to rid themselves of their radical Islamic elements. No one else can do it for them. They're going to have to make a choice. Would that the Sunni and Shia were willing to embrace the teachings of the Sufi, which has much in common with Hasidism, but most Muslims reject Sufi mysticism as being shirk.

    I'd hate to think that the only solution to the elephant in the room is eugenics. That said, I see no problem with putting down the bull elephants who seem to be in a constant state of musth. Israel must be allowed to defend itself! Sadly, I don't have a viable solution to this problem and even if I did ... who would listen?


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