Monday, July 19, 2010

Listening to Other Voices, Respect and Tolerance

This week's Havel Havelim is hosted by Ima 2 Seven.

The jblogger (Jewish Blogger) world is very varied.  What we have in common is that we consider our being Jewish as part of our blogging identity.  Havel Havelim unites us.  Granted few of us read every post, but we all appear together. 

This unity is what should be.  There are times we must ignore "right and wrong."  We must look for the good in each other and in ourselves. 

For some Jews, it's already Tisha  B'Av, and they may already be fasting. 

I wasn't raised with a knowledge of Jewish Law and fasts like Tisha B'Av, but I was raised to be a proud Jew.  No matter where we stand at this moment in Jewish knowledge and observance, it's important to try to add on it and improve it.  Standing still, status quo, is not the Jewish way.

Tisha B'Av symbolizes our disunity.  We must correct it.  I was lack of respect for fellow Jews which destroyed our Holy Temples.  We must each look for every way possible to treat others better.  Grand gestures aren't enough.  Every small move, even an encouraging smile.  Nothing and nobody should be belittled.

May next year's Tisha B'Av be a grand celebration, the dedication of the third Bait HaMikdash, Holy Temple.


yoni said...

"There are times we must ignore "right and wrong." We must look for the good in each other and in ourselves."

whoa, that's pretty deep. i was wondering if your sage advice would extend to, say, arabs, or non-jews at all. ;)

about the "respect for other jews" thing, correct me if i'm wrong, but i think chazal say that was true of the 2nd temple but not the 1st. not to denigrate your point, which is a good one, just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

Yoni, the 1st Temple was destroyed because Israel was steeped in idolatry, sexual licentiousness and murder.

I don't think the latter two indicated a great level of respect between one Jew and another.

Batya said...

yoni, the topic is Jews

shym, exactly