Listening to the news has to be one of the most stressful undertakings, and is probably up there at the top of the list of things that harm our health – mental, physical, spiritual. The endless hatred, lies, and sly attempts to destroy Am Yisrael and take from us yet again Eretz Yisrael continue from time immemorial.
Even with the Paris Summit looming ahead along with the various other forms of evil, being of Am Yisrael, by virtue of the very essence of Am Yisrael, we need to moderate our reactions. I’m not saying to not care or to not give a hoot. I’m saying that instead of totally losing it with each news flash and flying off the handle, we should allow no more than, let’s call it (and with much poetic license, I admit) – ‘half a hoot’. It’s all an issue of maintaining our bearings, focus, and perspective of the picture at large: Hashem’s Grand Plan, Machshevet HaBriya.
There’s a bigger plan that’s unfolding, and nobody – no nation, no summit, no tyrant, NO ONE – can undertow or control it. They will never wipe us out – NEVER! By Hashem and His prophets’ word. Like it or not (and they obviously like it not) Am Yisrael is and will continue to return to our homeland, Kibbutz Galuyot, as we look forward to the upcoming, promised Geula.
Moreover, part of being of Am Yisrael requires us to be proactive, because we are part of that bigger picture – we are the ones that can and are required to make it happen. So, to counter that even ‘half a hoot’ reactiveness, we need to ask ourselves daily:
- What have I done today to combat Sin’at Chinam?
- What have I done today to further my Geula Pratit, Individual Geula?
- What have I done today to further the Geula Klalit, Am Yisrael’s general, collective Geula (which will actually affect the entire world)?
Am Yisrael Chai VeKayam VeKadosh! Shabbat Shalom!