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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Two Nanachs during Bein HaMetzorim

As we know from Judaism 101, things just don't happen by "chance" or "coincidence" which means Mikreh - Mem Koof Reish Hei. You see, these same four letters making up this word can be rearranged to read Rak MeHei (The Hei in this case stands for Hashem) - only from Hashem.
In short, this is what is called Hashgacha Peratis - Divine Providence. Yes my dear friends, two Nanachs who didn't exactly pass away at an old age. And not just any Nanachs either. The first one had the name Nachman (his second name was Shabsai which is the same Gematria as Teshuva (713)!) and now it's Amram Horowitz, a grandson of Saba, who was appointed by Saba himself to run the Keren, may their memory be for a blessing. And at this, happening during the saddest period of the Jewish calendar.

The Talmud Yerushalmi in Maseches Peah tells us that while the generation of Achav (a wicked Jewish king) who were idol worshippers didn't die in battle, the generation of Dovid HaMelech who were living a religious life under his reign suffered losses in battle. Why? Because in Achav's generation, people didn't speak Loshon Hora, while in Dovid Hamelech's generation, people spoke Loshon Hora.

Loshon Hora is typically a symptom of something much more global - Sinas Chinam/hatred for no justifiable reason & a lack of Achdus/unity. And while even within the Nanach movement, there are differences of opinion - like for example how Hafatza should be done, where's the place to be for Rosh Hashana, etc., this is not an excuse to create Machlokes or bad mouth people. Everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, so long as one doesn't try to enforce that opinon on others. If we are all looking for the common good, then any and every issue can be discussed in a manner that is acceptable to all, with the understanding that while we may not walk away with a unified agreement on a particular issue, at least there will be a mutual understanding of why everyone feels the way that they do.

I am not here to judge anyone, Chas V'Shalom. Everyone reading this should know how to do the right thing. All I am saying is that Hashem at times sends us messages - and it is up to us to pick up the cue to make things better for the future. The Chofetz Chaim in the introduction to his Sefer quotes the Talmud in Maseches Yoma (9b) of saying that it was the sin of Loshon Hora that caused the destruction of the Second Temple, of which we are still suffering the consequences almost 2,000 years later. And before we know it, unless we can make the difference and end this Golus in time to celebrate on Tisha B'Av, we will, Chas V'Shalom, be faced with the same reality beginning this coming Wednesday night as we do every year.

Wishes of Yeshuos for Klal Yisroel in the merit of Rabbeinu Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman.

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