Edom v Paras is happening right before our eyes.
But we’re in really big trouble.
The Yerushalmi says the Second Temple was destroyed because Jews love money and hate each other for no reason.
- Love money – intoxication with wealth and the wealthy.
- Hate each other for no reason – seeing a sin in somebody else that doesn’t exist.
Now the Bavli arguably did us a favor by just focusing on sinat hinam, cutting down the challenge considerably. Of course, I prefer not to take my chances on the Bavli’s reduction – its statements are Amoraic, versus the Yerushalmi’s tanaaic statement (which for me makes a difference). So, I work on both of these.
But, for those who go Bavli on this, the task is greatly minimized. . . .
Hashem is not asking us for ahavat hinam. He’s not asking us for v’ehavata l’recha c’mocha – that’s way too high a level. He’s not even asking us not to hate somebody if we have good reason to hate them. HaShem’s just asking us not to hate each other for no reason! A very low bar indeed!!
This is the tshuva the Jews need to do to get out of Exile.
Don’t love money. Don’t hate another Jew for no reason.
If Jewish influencers embrace this message above all else, maybe we can survive the coming tsunami.
This is not a joke. Loving money and hating Jews for no reason is a luxury. If we do not prioritize removing these dangerous traits during our time of luxury, then HaShem’s only recourse is to eliminate it with the removal of luxury. And that is a very harsh and blunt instrument.
I pray that change comes from the inside, and not from the outside.