Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Is God Sending Us a Message?

A few days ago, I saw a news headline about some ships setting sail to get past a Gaza blockade. I didn't have to read any further to know that Israel would be blamed, no matter what would eventually happen. A few days later, the world response to the flotilla attack came: completely insane, but also completely predictable. What is Israel supposed to do, let Hamas rearm? The flotilla was used as a tactic of the poorly named "Free Gaza Movement," but how about freeing Gaza from terrorist control, first?

With all the evil taking place on earth - including genocides in the Congo and Sudan - the world still focuses on every slight detail regarding Israel's affairs! The flotilla incident is only the most recent example. When Israel decides to build 1,600 apartments in east Jerusalem, the world can't contain their fury. But when there is a systematic killing of millions of innocent Congolese or Sudanese, the world is silent. Why? Because the world wants to focus on Jews - not good and evil. The world has been, currently is, and always will be fixated on us. We didn't ask for this role, but we find ourselves in this position nonetheless.

Although God doesn't speak to us with words, God does speak to us through events. The tough part, however, is deciphering what those events mean. While nobody knows exactly why God allows certain events to happen, I thought of something we might be able to learn from this episode (and others like it): Just as these activists went out of their way to provoke Israel in order to get a sympathetic response from the world, we can learn from this that we should never go out of our way to provoke fellow Jews just to get a sympathetic response from those with whom we agree. If we personally believe that someone possesses erroneous political or religious views, the wrongness of their positions will be revealed over the natural course of time. Using backhanded tactics to deliberately make someone else look bad reflects more on the person using them than on the object of their attacks.

In other words, if we stop provoking and hurting each other (via sinat chinam, lashon hara, and other bad character traits), God will bring about circumstances in which our enemies will stop provoking and hurting us (via flotillas, rocket attacks, and other terrorist-related plots). It's as simple and as complicated as that. In the best case scenario, we will become better people and merit God-given peace. In the worst case scenario, we may not merit God-given peace, but will still become better people.

Either way, it's worth a try.


  1. I believe you're right, and it really is as simple as it sounds.
    The trouble is, people are too busy fighting, and don't have any time or inclination to listen to the truth. The only thing that seems to unite the Jews is when the world turns on us all, and that is probably what we are going to get (again) - chas v'shalom.

  2. I think you need to get a bigger audience. Would you consider a page on Facebook - same message - just more people need to hear it.

  3. You need to make Aliyah.

  4. Anonymous 1: Good idea...I'll see what I can do.

    Anonymous 2: Don't we all :)

  5. Shmirat haloshon and prayer. Imagine how powerful our prayers would be, when they are not intercepted by L'H.
    I pray for all of us to improve our speech and writing, and turn to Hashem. Like it says in tehillim, if we turn to Him, He remove our enemies