Thursday, July 20, 2006

UNITy


Perfection
Peace
Whole
Shalom=Peace
Shalem=Whole
Perfect
Peace is when everything fits into place.
Everything, everyone belongs.
Has a role.
Plays their role.
Its what the world is moving toward.

It can come 1 of 2 ways.
Either from the top down..or from the bottom up.
The world emanates from God...and expands..
The closer to God..the greater impact on everything underneath..the world.
If someone wants to give his room a blue hue..appearance..they can place a small blue plastic over the light..the source..if they're close to the source...coloring the entire room at once.
Peace between God and his People would automatically bring peace to everything else...
Peace between Husband and Wife...the relationship so close to God...
Peace between fellow Jews
Peace between all humans
Trickle down...and bring the world perfection.
Let’s do our part.
We are pretty close to the source.

On Mondays and Thursdays we say a series of Tefillos after we read the Torah praying for our wellbeing..
All these Tefillos begind with “Yehi Ratzon...” May it be your will...etc..except for the last one which talks about Jews in trouble, in which we plead that they go from darkness to light from trouble to redemption.
The first Belzer Rebbe explains why...
This Tefilla starts with “Acheinu Kol Beis Yisroel” We are all brothers and sisters...to teach us that if we’re Brothers and Sisters and we truly feel that way..then we won’t have to beseech God with..”May it be your will”..

Hashem will help us in the merit of Achdus, Unity..and Peace.

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30 Comments:

Blogger Okee said...

Can I quote Lev Tahor? "Shaaaaaaalooooom, shaaaaaloooooom, shaaaaaaaloooooooom, let there be peace/ Peace in Yerushalyim/ Peace in the Holy Land /Peace on every corner / Let there be peace"

A very "shalem" pem, david-on-the-lake! (u sure you're not freom chicago?)

July 20, 2006 11:43 PM  
Blogger Girl Afraid said...

this was really sweet

July 21, 2006 12:52 AM  
Blogger bellanny said...

Unity is something we, as a nation, need to perfect. In this time of crisis we must all stand together as one in order to make it through. We must learn from our past that baseless hatred and strife only lead to our downfall and pull us down. There are so many divisions in society that sometimes it is hard to tell we are all "brothers".

Thanks for the inspiring words.

July 21, 2006 1:02 AM  
Blogger kasamba said...

AMEIN!
That was the most beautiful post...ever!
I'm putting it on my fridge!

July 21, 2006 5:11 AM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

unity and achdus, badly needed!

July 21, 2006 5:25 AM  
Blogger exsemgirl said...

Omein.
Bekorov!

July 21, 2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger Also A Chussid said...

Nice wurt of the Belzer Rabbi.

If I can add to it. This explains why all the Yehi Ratzon is said by the Chazen whilst Acheinu Kol Beis Yisroel is said by the whole shull together, to drive home the concept of unity…

July 21, 2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Very beautiful I like the way you put together unity and peace and love the way the words are practically the same in hebrew with the exception of one letter the vav. Maybe we could say that the vav is the letter of chibur connection and peace connects us to make us shalem, in completion.

July 21, 2006 9:28 AM  
Blogger A Frum Idealist said...

Your last line said it well. People think that peace means likeness, similarity. The truth is just the opposite. sholom/shalem means many DIFFERENT pieces fitting together to form a beautiful whole.

July 21, 2006 9:45 AM  
Blogger Limey2001 said...

pass the pipe

July 21, 2006 11:27 AM  
Blogger FrumGirl said...

Amen to your last line!

I especially enjoyed how you mixed up some psychology into this post making it a very interesting read. I like your method of incorporating that into this.... Your picture is also great - very vivid, just perfect!

July 21, 2006 12:04 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

okee....
Lev Tahor...hmmm sorry...cant quote them..oh ok...just this once..
Do I have a Chicago accent?

girlafraid....
Thanks..good to see u back

bellany...
Thants exactly what we need...Thank u

kasamba...
Thank you..
wow me on ur fridge?? hmm what a tease...watching the door open and close all day..those dishes..just out of reach..

prag...
yes they...

exsem...
ditto that

aac...
thanks..nice addition..

Sworker...
Nice...wow...did u think of that urself?

AFI...
exactly..like harmony...

limey...
sure thing...dude
:-)

FG...
There's psychology everywhere u look...
Thank u

July 21, 2006 3:41 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Yup I did:) Thanks!

July 21, 2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

Amen...
beautiful post.

thank you david.

shavua tov :)

July 22, 2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

David, that was stunning (i have GOT to find another adjective!!! lol)
i especailly liked the idea of the blue colored paper over a light..affecting everything..
someone once told me - regarding shalom bayis.. if the relationship between husband and wife is not good - everything in life becomes awkward..
and if it is good - it reflects on the other parts of life and makes things come together more smoothly

i also liked the idea of husband and wife relationship,affecting world perfection

what i didn't understand was how things are affected from 'bottom up' -
let me know..
thanks

July 23, 2006 1:35 PM  
Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

David, Thanks for the beautiful message. And Amein to the last line in your post

July 23, 2006 5:15 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Beautiful.

July 23, 2006 6:10 PM  
Blogger workingema said...

amen.

July 24, 2006 1:19 AM  
Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Amen...

I too believe that everything is in place, exactly as it is supposed to be, and will unfold and uncover itself in the right time...

July 24, 2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

sarah...
Thanks

theonlyway...
Thank you...lol
The bottom up is more difficult..because it entails..the world reaching perfection as a response to more leg work on the ground...
Just like with the light...if you're right near the bulb..u just need a small piece of blue..and as u get farther and farther you will need a larger and larger blue plastic to color the room...so too..the more removed ur working for piece from the source the more lateral area u need to cover...
Hope that made sense..
:-)

lvnsm..
Thanks so much

Stacey...
glad u enjoyed..

workingema...
yup

Barb...
lets hope that time is soon

July 24, 2006 11:01 AM  
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July 24, 2006 11:02 AM  
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July 24, 2006 11:02 AM  
Blogger Bonnie B said...

You said it best. I have nothing more to add.

July 24, 2006 9:18 PM  
Blogger workingema said...

An interesting point to note...
I am currently taking an art class in college, and learning how to use chalk to create my drawings. Well, chalk can be smudged, and being that I use black and white chalk to draw, I sometimes smudge them together... and I get gray.

But.. gray is still a color. It's a whole entity in itself.. it's not black or white.. it's gray.

If we take the 'blacks' of the Jewish people, and the 'whites' of the Jewish people, yes, we'll become a little different, look a little different, and that will be because this time, we're all in it together...

And.. we will be one entity.. one nation... in unity.

July 24, 2006 9:38 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

bonnie...
Thanks

workingema...
I'm also an artist..so I know exactly what u mean...and its a great analogy..
:-)

July 24, 2006 10:14 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

david that was so beautiful.
to me, the bottom up is like putting the blue paper on your own eyes, and suddenly seeing life around you thru that lens. the bottom up type of peace comes when we start to look at world thru that lens and treating eachother in a godly way the way we would expect it to come from the top down.

July 24, 2006 10:22 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

anonym00kie....
Thats a nice way of looking at it..and can bring u personal salvation...

July 24, 2006 10:24 PM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

david, true.. but im not talknig only about personal salvation, im talking about world domination.. uh i mean world peace..
when you look at life thru that blue paper, you start to treat others with the respect a creation of g-d deserves and that leads to unity and THAT leads to peace..

July 24, 2006 10:32 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

anonym00kie...
Thats true...hmmm now...to get 6 billion people to do that

July 25, 2006 8:52 PM  
Blogger the only way i know said...

david - thanks for explaining bottom up - i really enjoyed it -
as well as the little exchange with mooks!

July 27, 2006 10:24 AM  

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