Friday, June 30, 2006

A final thought from Akiva

Henay MaTov - - - - by Akiva

Henay MaTov uMaNayim Shevat Achim Gam Yachad - How good it is when brothers sit together.

We don't get together very often. We as in, we Jews. Together as in, well, together. The Ashkenazim don't pray with the Sephardim, the Yeshivish don't learn with the Chassidim, the Modern Orthodox don't pray with the Yeshivish, the Religious Zionists don't stop by the Charedim, and Chabad generally stands alone. Within the world of Torah there's surprising diversity and yet surprising isolationism.

This week, DovBear invited his brothers, his fellow Jews, to come and use his bully pulpit. He brought together a diverse group, who no doubt would probably never get together in the physical world, who disagree with each other and with DovBear on most everything. A right wing religious zionist settler, a chassidic kabbalah learner, a learned atheist, an uber-liberal, and more.

It's good when brothers sit together, even when they disagree, as they're still family. In a difficult week for Israel, DovBear has done an immeasurable service to Klal Yisroel, he has created a moment of unity.

Yasher Koach DovBear, and thanks for inviting me to be a part of it.


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