שלום בשערך - Peace in Your Gates

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

The Pistons and Moshiach

I came across an article recently
about the successful championship
series of the Detroit Pistons basketball
team (Jewish-owned incidentally).

In the article they interviewed several
players from the team who acknowledged
that their opponent (the Lakers) had superior
talent. What, therefore, was the “key ingredient”
to their success? Ahava (love).
The players stated
they loved one another on and off the court,
and would go out of their way to help one another
(i.e., make up for each other’s deficiencies) during
the course of the game. They were a true example
of the strength of team play and how that can even
best a more talented opponent.

For us Yidden, the “mussar v’haskel" (lesson) is obvious and
Jewish history is replete with examples: when we’re
united we’re “unstoppable,” but when we’re at each
other’s throats, then so are our enemies (r’l). A great
sage once said that to be “misaken” (to rectify) the chait (sin) of
“sinas chinam” (unwarranted hatred) we have to practice “ahavas chinam,” (unrequited love) even if it is undeserved. Then, we too, although we are vastly outnumbered, can win the Big One. May
it be soon!

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