Site Meter Yehudi Yerushalmi: Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

I have been feeling extremely negative about the current activities of the Eirev-Rav government, and it's injustice system here in Israel. My negative feelings have been growing steadily stronger.

But Chardal posted some interesting stories about Rav Yisrael Zeev Gustman Zt"l. It is a recommended read, not long, see them here.

The second story is about how Rav Gustman was in a car that was traveling past Ben-Yehuda street. Ben-Yehudah is not exactly the most Tsanuah (modest) place in town. The driver of the vehicle felt uncomfortable about this, but Rav Gustman started marveling about how the new buildings show how we are meriting to witness the rebuilding of Yerushalayim.

I had an immediate thought about this. I have heard several stories about other great Gedolim in which they have read the thoughts of the people they were talking to.

I wondered whether Rav Gustman was anticipating the thoughts of the person he was in the car with and chose to give him a message: Always look for the positive side of things.

Perhaps instead of lamenting about the Eirev-Rav government, I should be more like Rabbi Akiva, who when he saw a fox running out of the rubble of destroyed Yerushalayim, even then, chose to look on the bright side of things.

As Yeshayahu says:

מַה-נָּאווּ עַל-הֶהָרִים רַגְלֵי מְבַשֵּׂר, מַשְׁמִיעַ שָׁלוֹם מְבַשֵּׂר טוֹב--מַשְׁמִיעַ יְשׁוּעָה

All these negative things are, after all, sounds of the footsteps of the Mevaser.

And they only mean that he is coming closer and closer, and are therefore very pleasant sounds.


yaak said...

Nice. We should all think like R' Akiva. Closer and closer indeed.

I was at Rav Gustman's Levaya. We need more like him.

Anonymous said...

Humanity is blind and deaf and can not see and listen or understand what is happening around.
This means that if God and Messiah want to bring changes now, the Humanity will not response and therefor will refuse to these changes.
So the blind and deaf will never see and listen.Humanity will never like the Light, the Life.Humanity is already dead in its dark grave

Yehudi Yerushalmi said...


Thanks for stopping by.

I am still having a hard time practicing what I preach, with all the stuff going on in Chevron.