The end might be near.
To wit, in the past few days:
- Took Miss M to make her first shiva visit. She was mature, sensitive, appropriate and conducted herself with the proper gravitas. Then she went outside to do handstands.
- There was a rainstorm, like actual rain — not just drizzle — on Shabbat. And thunder. On May 28. In Israel. You guys, this is so weird.
- Every living thing in the house slept past 7:30 on Shabbat.
- Even the dog.
- The kids slept past 8:00.
- (insert apocalyptic expressions here)
- It could have been the combination of air conditioning and closed window shades.
- But STILL! 8:00!!!!
- I managed to conduct a phone interview for work and not sound like an idiot.
- No lines at the grocery store.
- Taxman doesn’t have to go to work the day after Shavuot.
Then this morning I got up and read this. So it’s a shame that while the end might be near, it’s not the good kind of end, you know?
From R. Avraham Kahn:
The Chofetz Chaim explains that when the Talmud teaches (Yuma 9b) that the primary cause for our current exile [from the Temple; the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE] was baseless hatred, it manifested itself through gossip and evil talk. It did not only cause the destruction and the exile at the time, but prolongs the exile and prevents the final redemption. He further elaborates that the seriousness of this transgression is due to the fact that besides causing rift and quarrels among individuals and whole communities, the Zohar explains (Shemos 264b) that gossiping down here on earth enables the prosecutor in the heavenly court to accuse individuals and whole communities regarding their evils and wrongdoings.
Just…be careful out there. Wear seatbelts and helmets. Oh, yeah, and be nice.