When a Common Root is Missing
Remark: At the beginning of our era, Judea was ruled not by kings and spiritual leaders, but by Roman governors. At that time, the people were highly polarized, and a huge number of sects based on ideological differences appeared. Nevertheless, the desire to regain sovereignty among the people did not fade.
In the year 66, the country rose in a riot, which became the First Judean War. It is interesting that, in fact, the rebels tried to restore the lack of spirit by force of arms. We know how strong the Roman and Greek armies were, but the Jews almost constantly won the wars.
My Comment: Yes, they could fight. Although, of course, they mostly fought in spirit.
Remark: In one of his letters, Baal HaSulam writes: The sages claimed that the reason for the destruction of the Second Temple was not idolatry, but unfounded hatred, because they could not fulfill the basis of the Torah love your neighbor as yourself.
My Comment: Exactly this unfounded hatred became the basis for the destruction of the Second Temple.
Unfounded means that people did not put the connection between them at the top of their existence. You cannot rise above any cause in your hatred of the other, to be together with him in unity. That is, unfounded hatred is equivalent to the concept of causeless love.
Remark: But this is already the opposite side.
My Comment: Yes. This is how it should be seen because the reason for hatred can always be found.
Question: Still, what does unreasonable mean?
Answer: It means that you do not even need to look for reasons to hate, you still do not love him, do not want to live with him, be friends, and communicate.
Question: Where does this come from?
Answer: From human nature.
Remark: The most interesting thing is that this was observed only among Jews.
My Comment: Yes. The fact is that other peoples have a common root. So, their hatred for each other always has a reason. At the same time, they still consider the harm doer one of their own, as a brother hates a brother: Despite the fact that I hate him, he is still my fellow native.
The Jews do not. Here the hatred between people is such that they do not feel a brother in the other. They do not feel it! He is not mine, he belongs to another, completely alien tribe, the opposite of me.
Remark: That is, if there is no ideology that Moses described in his laws, then, in principle, the people do not understand what they have in common.
My Comment: They have nothing in common. And so, there is no reason to be together.
Remark: Flavius Josephus in The Jewish Wars puts the following words into the mouth of one of the generals: “God is a better General than I am. He will give the Jews free of charge into the hands of the Romans, and give victory to our armies without difficulty or danger. While our enemies are slaughtering each other because of the terrible curse of brotherly war, it is better for us to look at them from afar and sit quietly instead of interfering in the conflict of people who are going to their death, fighting madly among themselves.”
My Comment: First, Josephus Flavius, being a Jew himself, understood their nature very well. It was obvious what was really going on.
From KabTV’s “Systematic Analysis of the Development of the People of Israel,” 7/8/19
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