I saw a very interesting news item in the Israeli press which caught my attention:
There was a story regarding the Israeli prime minister, Binyomin Netanyahu, who encountered a uncomfortable experience which he managed to turn into a קידוש השם.
The downstairs floor in his house, where the kitchen and dining room are located, got flooded on Friday night. He decided to not allow anyone to be called, not to move מוקצה items, including paintings, until after שבת was over, and for the rest of the שבת he ate his meals upstairs.
I was very moved and impressed. This is a secular man who doesn’t keep many, if any, מצוות, but out of respect for the people he represents, he decided to inconvenience himself and to lose money with those paintings and other items, including the floor, which got ruined as a result of being kept untouched until שבת was over.
I thought to myself, “!מי כעמך ישראל.” Even those he knows so little, he tried to make a קידוש השם. And although the man is obligated according to הלכה to keep much more then he keeps, he did not grow up in a frum home and so judging him favorably is definitely the way to go.
I was saddened and dismayed to see some frum commenters claiming that this was only done for publicity reasons and long-term political gain. I know that the man is a politician, but come on, does this turn everything he encounters into a political gain?
I was thinking that our negative approach to things is what causes people to fall away in their Yiddishkeit. Let’s be a lot more positive and compliment others. Perhaps by doing this, we can regain the lost Jews amongst us.
I was also thinking and wondering out loud, where are all the people who say that the leaders of ארץ ישראל today are the ערב רב and really hate Hashem and his תורה? Why do they think that their negative approach and hatred to secular Jews in ארץ ישראל is something Hashem admires? And who said that their manner of disengagement with the secular is desirable in Hashem’s Eyes? Maybe the opposite is more likely.
It is known what אברהם רביץ ז”ל said. He said after the Six Day War that many secular Jews were returning to the fold after witnessing such open miracles, but then came the הפגנות in Kikar Shabbos, and the hatred engine was then turned on. The secular media had a field day thereafter.
Let’s remember that positive generates positive and negative generates negative. It’s a fact. That’s the way Hashem made us and it is most likely the positive way that Hashem wants us to approach his lost sons and daughters.
A Yid, Z. P.
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