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Exile was caused through baseless hatred. What act of kindness are you committed to doing to help rebuild the Temple and the Jewish nation?

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Comments (23)

(9) Tony, August 7, 2019 6:29 AM

I am not Jewish by birth, but...

I have committed to studying Torah every Shabat - the Stone edition is excellent with the commentaries. I try to behave as much as possible in accordance with the Mitzvah and with a deeper understanding of how and why those are performed - thanks to the Torah and Aish. Every morning I pray for G-D to bless Israel and that Moshiach may arrive today.

(8) Anonymous, August 6, 2019 2:53 PM

Just being a Mentsch

I wear a black kipah.
I am always VERY aware of my behavior in public.
One of my rabbis said:
"The TRUE Kiddush HaShem (sanctifying G-d's name)
is to behave in such a way that people look at you and say,
'Wow! Look how that guy behaves. What does he know and have that
I can use and find out? Maybe I should check and look into Judaism
if that's the way religious people are.'"
That's all.
Just act correctly.
Be polite.
Be honest.
Treat every person as a Tzelem Elokim (one created in the mold G-d created and containing a spark of the Divine.)

(7) MESA, August 5, 2019 3:52 PM

one other thing

I have relatives who are not Torah-Observant but they're some of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. I'm trying to stay connected with them. Whenever they host family events, they make sure my family and I have kosher food. They know that they may ask me anything about Judaism. We try to attend family events when we can and stay connected. They're always happy to see us.

(6) Gershom, August 5, 2019 1:21 PM

It does not make sense to me. ......

To answer the question - "Exile was caused through baseless hatred. What act of kindness are you committed to doing to help rebuild the Temple and the Jewish nation?".

First - I evaluate what is - **ACTUAL - BASELESS HATRED**. BECAUSE - for me - It does not make sense to me. How those who believe - that there is a Creator G-D. Who believe that - G-D - is OMNIPOTENT - a JUST - LOVING - KIND - MERCIFUL - G-D. A G-D - Who lived before the Creation. Who knows the end - before the beginning. Who created the universe - OUT OF NOTHING. Who believe that - G-D - WOULDN'T LIE. Who believe that - G-D - DID GIVE US - the Torah Commandments - Laws - and Mitzvoth. Who then - commit acts of - BASELESS HATRED.

IT appears that - many of these people - **act and or think as though** - they think that - G-D -created the Universe - in some sort of chaotic stupor. They act - think and speak - as though - the Torah Commandments - Laws - and Mitzvoth - G-D gave us - FOREVER - were not given - in HIS INFINITE WISDOM. As HE - was (and to them maybe still is) - demented - AND IS NOW - out of touch - with the modern world. ERGO: **we the people THAT - G-D CREATED - have - ON OUR OWN - SELF ANOINTED - SELF APPOINTED AUTHORITY. That we can - interpret - revise - change - modify - etc., - G-D's Torah Commandments - Laws - and Mitzvoth - to SUIT OUR OWN - VISION OF HOW THE UNIVERSE SHOULD BE RUN. BY - OUR ASSUMPTION - of G-D’s THRONE - and LONE ROLE IN THE UNIVERSE.

So - I see my commitment as - to TEACH - my fellow - HOW - we are failing G-D - and our fellow man - by committing acts - of BASELESS HATRED.
Then - encourage everyone - to obtain a Tanakh - like the ArtScroll Stone Edition - with Original Hebrew and English Translation. No Non-Jewish Bibles.
Then encourage my fellows - to READ - STUDY - LEARN G-D's Torah Commandments - Laws - and Mitzvoth. SO THAT - we can AVOID COMMITTING BASELESS HATRED - and G-D's PUNISHMENT.

(5) MESA, August 5, 2019 1:18 PM

I'm a Torah-Observant Jew, born and raised, and so is my husband. Part of the Sinat Chinam going on today is directed toward Jews who might be outside-the-box in some way. Maybe they're Ba'alei Teshuvah or Geirim. Maybe they're not Caucasian. Maybe they're victims of trauma. Maybe they have questions that their communities cannot or do not want to answer. Many of those asking these questions are women. Whatever the reason, they feel marginalized by mainstream Judaism. I'm trying to keep my proverbial door open to all of them. And I'm trying to set the example of how a woman can be seen and heard without violating Judaism. We don't need to change Halacha at all let alone get rid of it, but we do need to show that Halacha can address these modern issues and that marginalizing anyone is wrong. If we in the Torah community don't hear these voices and address them, then we're part of the problem.

Nancy, August 5, 2019 8:49 PM

To commenter Mesa

I am sorry to say that I personally feel like I have been subjected to Sinat Chinam by other Jews. I remember being a child and having people scream at me because my parents were not religiously observant. Fast forward several decades and there are people who ask me questions about why I have become observant. Sadly the people who do the asking are not looking for answers. When I give them an answer they say that they "just don't understand." That statement is made in a very disrespectful tone of voice. Interestingly enough, my Gentile neighbors show me a ton of respect when they see me walking to Shul on Shabbos. The only thing I can do is to be respectful of others. As to those who want to start an argument, I'm not taking the bait!

MESA, August 6, 2019 2:12 PM

To Nancy...

For what it's worth, I'm sorry that you had to deal with that.
BTW, I LOVE hearing stories about how Ba'alei Teshuvah became observant. There's always some Hashgachah Pratit involved and it gives me a lot of chizuk.

Nancy, August 6, 2019 9:44 PM

To Mesa

Thank you so much for your kind words. I want very much to have a kosher kitchen, but thus far have not been able to convince my husband to make this change. I suspect he will come around eventually. I just need to be patient.

(4) buzz, August 5, 2019 12:57 AM

Stand up to hatred

I was the head of the Jewish Defense League in a major American city. Every time the neo Nazis came out to spread their hatred we beat the hell out of them. After about 8 years of that they fell apart. Some of them them got tired of going home black and blue I walked away from every fight under my own power and was a nearly killed 4 times. I still suffer the pain of some of those injuries from the 1970's. When a hater speaks a language of hate to you one must be able to respond in kind, but harder. Upon graduating from a university I enlisted in the Marines and they put the grit in my gut. The difference between the Nazis and me was I never got tired of taking a beating. And I learned I could take a beating and still stand up and fight. When this Nazi party fell apart their leader was subsequently arrested for molesting two young boys. He was sentenced to 8 years in jail but only served 3. I hate no and I'm a vegan vegetarian out of respect for the lives of animals. My wife & I saved sick & injured birds with a federal & state license for 30 years. Might is not necessarily right, but should be used with prudence to protect the lives of the innocent.

Raymond, August 5, 2019 3:42 AM

All the Difference in the World

I have to disagree with your statement that the only difference between you and a nazi is that you never got tired of getting a beating. To me, not all violence is the same. Going around beating people up who never did anybody any physical harm, such as what the nazis did to the Jews, is pure evil. Fighting those violent people to stop them from beating up innocent human beings, as the Allied forces did against those same nazis, is a very good thing to do. And that is why groups like the Jewish Defense League have long had my admiration. They do not go around beating up innocent human beings. Rather, they protect Jews from getting such beatings, and for that, they need to be commended.

buzz, August 5, 2019 5:04 AM

reply

Ray of course I agree with you, but the Jewish leadership called me a Jewish Nazi and tried to get the FBI to arrest me. The problem was the only law we broke was beating up Nazi types in various groups. The Anti-Defamation League called Commander Connally who was in charge of a large area where 10 synagogues were desecrated, and told him to arrest me for carrying baseball bats in cars patrolling the synagogues. Connolly said thank you and said goodbye. The ADL didn't know that I was working closely with the police undercover unit who had introduced me to Commander Connally. I gave my word of honor that no JDL member would ever raise a hand to a police officer and we kept our word. In particular the Irish Catholic officers were just great to us. Certainly other ethnic groups in the police force were okay with us also, but as a group the Irish were out of this world. They seemed to understand our fight. When a huge Nazi march was planned the Jewish leadershp publicly stated, "pull your shades down and ignore them." That didn't work in the 1930's and it sure wasn't going to work in the 1970's. My friend Simon Wiesenthal backed us privately, but could not come out publicly because it would have killed his donations. Great man. Once we patrolled no more synagogues got hit again. Ray, the hate will never end.

Raymond, August 5, 2019 1:31 PM

Jewish Leadership

You mention Jewish leadership, but be aware that there is Jewish leadership, and then there is Jewish leadership. What I mean by that is, there is a huge difference between Orthodox Jewish leadership, which is far more likely to be sympathetic to your cause, and non-Orthodox Jewish leadership, which is dominated by Secular Leftist thought and is therefore very much against any attempts to preserve our traditional Jewish heritage and Jewish lives. You mention Simon Wiesenthal as privately endorsing your cause, well, he is about as different from somebody like, for example, Bernie Sanders, as it is possible for any two human beings to be. But please know that Torah law not only permits, but actually mandates, that we defend our lives from those who would do us harm. People malign the late, great Rabbi Meir Kahane even today, and yet he was absolutely correct in the message he wished to convey to the world. And so let me publicly thank you for doing what you could to protect innocent Jewish lives.

Gershom, August 6, 2019 12:27 PM

THANKS - ......

Buzz - Semper FI - Marine - from a FORMER MARINE - and THANKS - not only for your service - in the MARINES - but for YOUR COURAGE - IN OPENLY DEFENDING YOUR PEOPLE.

(3) Anonymous, August 4, 2019 8:21 PM

Help the Needy and not causing pain to animals

I always give a minimum of $1 to a poor person on the street. I approach them and wish them well. Often they say "G-d bless you," and I say back to them G-d bless you. I adopted a dog from a rescue and support animal causes. Between 3-5 million dogs are euthanized each year. I don't eat meat, chicken or dairy. The production of these foods causes animal pain and suffering(yes even if the animal is killed according to the laws of kashruth) and contributes to the destruction of our environment.

Raymond, August 4, 2019 11:09 PM

Rabbit Rescue

I used to be involved in rescuing rabbits. I mention it because it is so unusual, and I want people to know that such a thing exists, in the hope that it will encourage others to help save them as well. I also had pet rabbits on my own, and putting it all together, it brought out the animal lover in me that I had tried so hard to bury for so many years. I had tried to suppress that feeling in me because I had associated animal lovers with the Political Left, and also I had thought that the Torah makes it clear that the entire universe was created solely for we human beings. Well, on both of those counts, I was so completely wrong. For one thing, I have found political conservatives to be at least as compassionate toward at least some animals as are any of their political opponents are, and nowhere in Judaism does it say that we humans are to exercise our dominion over animals by being cruel to them. On the contrary, Torah law itself tells us to feed out pets before we feed ourselves, and to cause no pain to the few animals we are permitted to kill for food. and btw, this allowance of meat eating in Judaism is a compromise. Ideally, all of us should be vegetarians.

And as for rabbits, well....I found them to be the sweetest, cutest, most adorably innocent living things in existence. They are a visible reminder to all of us that angels do indeed exist.

Gershom, August 5, 2019 6:39 AM

Whether you're Jewish - or Non-Jewish - ......

Anonymous - Whether you're Jewish - or Non-Jewish - may G-D bless you for giving Tzedakah (Charity) - to those in need. That - is a Mitzvah G-D gave us Jews - in the Torah Commandments - Laws - and Mitzvoth.

Also - whether your Jewish - or Non-Jewish. May G-D - also bless you - for your kindness - and for rescuing animals as well. As it was - and is shown to us - in the Torah - by Abrahams servant - that we are to take care of our animals - even before we eat.
It is a shame - that so many people - are not educated - in HOW TO CARE FOR - and PROTECT - the animals they've brought into their lives.

Whether you're a Non-Jew - or a Jew. As for your not eating - meat - chicken or "dairy" - because the production of these foods causes pain and suffering **SEE the RESPONSE TO RAYMOND - in #(3. It's been validated scientifically - that using the method of JEWISH SLAUGHTERING - it is so INSTANTANEOUS - that there is no harm or pain - to the animal.

**If your a Non- Jew - this doesn't apply to you**.
However -** If you're a JEW - YOUR REQUIRED BY G-D - ***IT's - NOT AN OPTION*** - to CASUALLY - DISREGARD - OR DISOBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS**. THAT - there is a time - BY G-D's TORAH COMMANDMENT - WHEN the JEW - **IS REQUIRED TO EAT MEAT**.
For STARTERS - at PASSOVER a Jew - must slaughter and eat meat - SO THAT - they can FULFILL G-D's PASSOVER COMMANDMENT.

Also - there was a time - **and may be again** - if we return to ANIMAL SACRIFICE - at the Temple. That A JEW - MUST BRING - SLAUGHTER and EAT - PART of an ANIMAL - for ONE OF G-D's - REQUIRED OFFERINGS.
So - at other times - both the Non-Jew - and the Jew - can refrain from - eating - that which they don't like.

For both the Non-Jew - and the JEW Consider that - "dairy" - includes - milk cheese - butter - etc.. That - are taken from LIVE ANIMALS - WHICH - NORMALLY - BY GOVERNMENT REGULATION - ARE WELL TAKEN CARE OF - IN VERY HUMANE CONDITIONS.

Dvirah, August 5, 2019 5:29 PM

Alternatives

The Vegan's claim is not just about the method of slaughtering but also the breeding and raising of the animals and has some justification. Greed causes suppliers to use "factory line" treatment which is highly uncomfortable for the animal in question. There is room for more humane conditions that are still economic, but I believe that corrective laws and their implementation - including frequent unnannounced inspections - is a better solution.

Raymond, August 6, 2019 3:31 AM

Troubled Conscience

I once asked a local and extremely authoritative Rabbi about the parameters involved in determining if a given animal can be slaughtered the kosher way. He replied that as long as there are no visible signs on the potentially kosher animal that it has been mistreated, that it can be killed for food.

I did not feel I was in a position to challenge him on the implications of what he was saying, but it was clear to me that such a standard allows room for potentially kosher animals to suffer greatly as they await their turn to be killed by us Jews for food. So for example, cows and chickens can be raised in even the worst of conditions, just as long as they sustain no visible injuries.

What this tells me is that while kosher slaughter is more humane than the non-kosher way, that that does not mean that the animals in question do not suffer on our behalf. And that bothers me greatly. However, I know from personal experience that my body craves meat far too much for me to give it up entirely. And so while I am trying to decrease how much meat I eat, I do expect it to always be in my diet. It is just one of those things in life that are far from ideal, but sometimes a person just has to accept compromises in one's life. Meanwhile, at least my heart sympathizes greatly with those people who are vegetarians out of sense of humanity. And if I am not mistaken, both the Arizal as well as Rav Kook were vegetarians, and Rav Soloveitchik as well as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks are at least sympathetic toward that lifestyle. I would say that that is darn good company to keep.

Gershom, August 6, 2019 5:06 AM

It's not only the vegans - ......

Dvirah - It's not only the vegans - who have concerns about the - ETHICAL - and HALACHIC treatment of animals - raised for food.

I DISAGREE PARTLY - on the greed aspect SOLELY - by the suppliers. IF - there wasn't such a HUGE - WORLD WIDE - INSATIABLE DEMAND - for the food. AND - because there is now - LESS AGRICULTURAL LAND to raise these animals. There are FEWER FARMERS/RANCHERS - as well as FEED COSTS - ETC.. Along with - all the POLITICAL - and FINANCIAL COSTS. The suppliers - and their stock holders - are trying to find ways - to produce as much as they can. And right now - outside of the current methods - of raising these animals. **They've not found too many ways - TO MEET THE DEMAND - AND - to ACCOMMODATE - the CONCERNS - ABOUT THE ETHICAL - and HALACHIC TREATMENT - of the animals they raise. EVEN WITH - GOVERNMENTAL OVERSIGHT**. And in some cases - though they have - TRIED TO ACCOMMODATE. BY SOME VERY LOUD ACTIVISTS - NOTHING SHORT OF - FREE RANGE MOVEMENT - of the ANIMALS - IS GOOD ENOUGH.
And that - IS TOTALLY OUT OF THE COST RANGE - of the consumer.

I also think that - given the slowly rising concerns - over other non animal foods - that people like vegans eat.
There will soon be - very similar problems - with the use of MODIFIED FOODS - and HORMONES - ETC., - ETC.. Which some claim - ARE CAUSING KNOWN - AND AS YET - UNKNOWN HEALTH ISSUES.

Gershom, August 6, 2019 5:31 AM

I forgot to include that - ......

Dvirah - I forgot to include another bag of worms - and other implications - like - a HUGE PORTION of the AGRICULTURAL LAND - used for raising animals - and the CORPORATIONS - who OWN THEM - ARE ALLOWED POLITICALLY - BY THE GOVERNMENT - and ARE FOREIGN OWNED CORPORATIONS - FROM BRITAIN - CHINA - and other countries. And they - HAVE A DIFFERENT IDEA - AND AGENDA - ON HOW TO RUN BUSINESS.

(2) Gershom, August 4, 2019 12:42 PM

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Gershom, August 4, 2019 12:55 PM

OH - BTW ......

OH - BTW - what should we the Jewish Nation People Converts COMMIT OURSELVES TO DO - to bring about the CHANGES NEEDED?

I would think that - it's PRETTY SIMPLE. Start with - getting an authentic - Tanakh. A good one - is like the Artscroll - Stone Edition - which has both ORIGINAL Hebrew and English Translation. Or - one that has - any language that is native - to the reader. Not one's that are watered down - reworded/revised - etc., - by - other beliefs - or like the neuter gender bibles - etc..

Begin by - READING - STUDYING - LEARNING - and ACCEPTING - G-D's AUTHENTIC WORD - and HIS AUTHORITY - over His word - and US.
Then - start by CHANGING - OUR SELF ANOINTED - SELF APPOINTED WAYS - and BEGIN PRACTICING - what we've LEARNED. For us - our fellow Jews - and for all of mankind - for whom - we are to be a light unto the world.

(1) Anonymous, August 4, 2019 10:43 AM

Showing unconditional respect to my siblings

I am one of three children. For my entire life I have had a strained relationship with one of my siblings in particular. My goal is to show respect to BOTH siblings. And yes, I often need to bite my tongue. The sibling I have clashed with likes to provoke arguments. I will NOT take the bait!

 

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