Strategy #7: Achdus
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to pray at the gravesite of the Rebbe R’ Elimelech of Lizhensk in Poland as I took more than 100 people there in the summer. There is something incredibly pecial about davening there. Thousands of people go there every year.
Listen to what the Rebbe R’ Elimelech wrote over 200 years ago: “In the time of Mashiach, fighting and baseless hatred will become rampant. And because of this, the channels of abundance and livelihood of the Jewish people will be disrupted.”
What foresight! We do not have enough respect for one another. We categorize one another and only look favorably upon those in our category. That is why we have a recession today, according to Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk. We do now get along well enough with our fellow Jews.
“However,” the Rebbe says, “from the great pressure that people will feel, Torah scholars and the God-fearing will be aroused to make an effort to tell all the Jewish people to make peace among themselves, and from this,” he concludes, “the redemption will come.”
We have to pray with fervor, but it is not only a question of our daily prayers; we have to concentrate to say Birchas HaMazon slowly, word by word.
Additionally we should give tzeda[k]ah during the tefillah of Vayevarech David and the words VeHaOsher VeHaKavod Milfanecha, VeAta Moshel BaKol,” And wealth and honor come from You, and You rule everything. We must also realize the importance of giving tzedaka – even when things are tight.
We should keep a low profile. If you have something special, don’t flaunt it.
Remember the importance of honesty and integrity. An honest person will merit holding onto his hard-earned money.
Last, but certainly not leat, we have to do better at getting along with fellow Jews of all stripes. That, according to the Rebbe Reb Elimelech, will help bring the Geulah (redemption).
Many of us have gone through difficult times, but Hashem, in His great kindness, gives us the strength to endure. May we realize that we have the strength, live up to our tests, and see the fruits of our spiritual labors bear the most beautiful material and spiritual results.
Excerpt from “Perspectives of the Maggid .”