By The Partial View
The meraglim spoke lashon hara about Eretz Yisroel, painting a negative picture with their report from their trip to the Holy Land. They brought back unique, extraordinarily large fruits to scare the Jews about what lay ahead and to show that the land was abnormal and dangerous.
The trend on social media is unfortunately to make light of mitzvos, as people compete to see who can come up with a new creative video clip or photo to make fun of a mitzvah. We can’t simply show a normal routine act. We must emphasize a guy shaking a very large lulav and huge Hoshanos.
A lulav as a selfie stick, with a caption, “WiFi not working.”
A series of video clips making fun of tzedaka collectors, making fun of lighting Shabbos candles, swinging into a sukkah making a bracha again and again, etc.
The list goes on and on.
Some online portals proudly post these funny little videos innocently and everyone gets a good laugh. However, are we not belittling Hashem’s Torah? Are we not poking fun of the commandments and mitzvos?
The more you see these silly videos, the more our sensitivities become dulled and the more it cheapens the mitzvos.
The meraglim had bad intentions, but are we not doing the same thing they did?