We men must realize and live, always keeping in mind that we represent the G-d of this Universe.
A Crippled G-d
As Jews we believe being made in His image we are in partnership with G-d in the act of creation, from procreating to manufacturing to creating works of art. In doing so we take part in what is called Tikkun Olam, Fixing the World; making every activity no matter how mundane, an act of holiness and godliness. As we live everyday we make the world a better place than the way it was yesterday. That being said, we nonetheless see the world in a pitiful state. Although world peace may be out of our reach on account of the free will of man and the powers that be, and thus out of our control, we leave this task for the Messiah and indeed will be the sign of the Messiah. Then why do we catch ourselves complaining about homelessness, hunger, crime, unemployment, and other injustices in our neighborhoods? We point fingers in blind fury only to slowly come to and see we are pointing the accusing finger in a mirror. In doing so, we unwittingly make our G-d a cripple. When will we realize that we are the hands and feet of G-d? When will we realize that when people cry out to G-d for help and He nudges us to act and we don’t, we cause people to wrongfully curse G-d, we make G-d a cripple. When will we realize that we are the answer to many of people’s prayer? Let us be determined not to be our own worst enemy, not to be the root cause of our own distraction, our own reason for our apathy. Let us shake off the wool that has covered our lives for too long and rise from the side lines of our easy chair and find a place to plug in, a place where we can change what we have seen as so wrong. When His people rise, G-d rises, and what we try and yet fail to do, that is when G-d steps in and performs the miraculous. Miracles can only happen when we act first and have exhausted our own resources. After all, the Sea didn’t part until they left Egypt and hit the dead end of the shore. They reached the end of what they could do and that is when G-d stepped in. So let us not complain about the ills of our town when we have made G-d a cripple by not lifting a finger, or at the very least the fold of our pocket book to do something to make a difference. Look around where you are and ask yourself, is your G-d a cripple? Only you have the answer to that.
Shalom, --Rabbi Yehudah
Shalom, --Rabbi Yehudah