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Tomer Devora Midda 4: Of Course We Are All Family...Except...
We all know that Kol Yisroel Areivim Zeh LaZeh and we are all responsible for one another and suffer for each other's aveiros. We have all heard the famous Mashal of two people in the rowboat and one makes a whole under his seat all the while telling his hysterical boat mate that it his his seat and can do whatever he wants. Nevertheless we often don't respond to others who falter and even help them along their doomed path if we think it is our interest.
How can we explain this? Simple, The old divide and conquer strategy. We are so full of groups and divisions we forget that we have more in common than apart. Only our enemies see us in our true light; Jews! To us there are sefardim, ashkenazim, chasidim misnagdim, chareidim, mizrachnikim, chilonim. So why do Chasidim fight, for example. Simple because they further break down into Belz, Satmar, Vishnitz, etc. Each Chasidus further divides by various factors. Then there are family divisions based on a whole new set of nonsense.
Can't we see that we are fodder for the Yetzer Hara that brilliantly can cause us to see division until we are left with only ourselves against the world? Of course we know that Kol Yisroel Areivim. But if the sum total of Yisroel is only me, myself, and I the practical application of the principal doesn't take us very far.
The more you think the other group is "off the wall" the more you should love them. That's because the 4th midda is "She'eiris Nachalosoy"; as in She'er and Nachala says the Tomer Devora. We are Hashem's flesh and family and that is why he pities us and suffers with us even when we are off the wall. We too should feel the same way about all our Jewish brethren in order to merit Hashem's similar feelings on the Yom HaDin.
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