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Monday, January 23, 2017

Marches and demonstrations, protests and petitions do they really matter?


Our Sages (Talmud Sanhedrin 26) revealed that the connection and banding together of wicked simply doesn't aggregate, they don't add up - קשר רשעים אינו מן המנין. They said this even regarding a scholar who gave lectures and taught Torah to tens of thousands of people, and King Chizkeyahu was worried that perhaps therefore this felon would have clout and merit which could empower his bout for evil, so our Sages simply dismissed him and his antics (Rashi there gives two possible reasons why he was sidelined and written off, from memory - either because he was into sensual pleasures, or he was even leaning towards homose**ality).

Rabbainu revealed in Likutay Moharan, Torah 181 that people can band together to bring down even a very important personage, by amassing their collective honor they can gain more honor than him and knock down his honor. So there are two factors, one is that their aggregate honor has to surmount the honor of the person they are trying to knock down, and second, they cannot be wicked, because wicked people do not have the ability to make a collective honor.

And by the way, where would they knock him down to? Rabbainu provides that information for us as well - they knock him down into promiscuity.

So when I judge some of the crazy demonstrations that took place recently, especially those campaigning for and by means of the most degrading things, I don't see how even millions of such people can amass substantial honor, and they probably also constitute a band of wicked which simply has no cohesive ability, and they remain as individuals.

Whereas even the smallest demonstration - where people get together to honor something even of diminutive status - will have a definite and strong force of empowerment. At least they have a gathering - an actual group. Even a little dance of some holy brothers, a few Nanach infinitely outweighs a billion demonstrators honking and jeering to high heaven.

Be apart of the KEEBOOTZ - gathering - rally honor to the Most High!

Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman!

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