Dear Matzav.com Editor,
Allow me to share with you something that has been bothering me greatly regarding many of the responses and analogies that I have read online. Many are attempting to pinpoint what must be done to still the rough waters of the storm brewing in this war of Jewish passion.
Many seem to be of the opinion that it is incumbent of our gedolim to condemn and set straight the record on the unruliness and acts violence being perpetrated in the name of kanaus in order to minimize the chillul Hashem resulting from them.
What’s bothering me is: what compels so many to conclude that the gedolim and rabbonim are the PR department of Klal Yisroel? Those who usually involve themselves with PR have already made statements. These include Aryeh Deri and others in Eretz Yisroel, as well as the Agudah, the OU, the RCA and others in the US.
To me it would seem that it would be the cause of considerable embarrassment to our community if the gedolim where needed to condemn a group of radical misguided individuals. Obviously it may come to a point where there will be no choice and unfortunately they will have to make such a statement. But we should leave it to them decide if and when that time is. That’s one of the many reasons most of us are not gedolim. We don’t have the ability to make such decisions.
Too many of us seem to lack understanding of what gedolim are. Too many of us assume that the gedolim are meant to be there at our disposal as some sort of service to us. That’s not what our tzaddikim are. We must trust them to know what’s best for us and stop judging them based on our own petty whims, such as claiming, “They are scared of the Sekrikim” and other such petty cheshbonos.
The gedolim are of many leagues above us. They are not bound by our silly considerations. Rather, they are far above what we assume them to be. It would behoove us to educate ourselves as to what tzaddikim are. Perhaps we need to read more of the great biographies written about the lives of the great sages of yesteryear. Perhaps that would bring us to grasp at least a small amount of what our manhigim are.
Let us leave the job of leading Klal Yisroel in this dark golus to those who have the chachma and clarity to do so.
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