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A Calm Hacking!

Friday, 8 April, 2022 - 8:41 am

Earlier this week, my dear Chavie’s Instagram account was hacked. It’s devastating to watch a beautiful online community, built with sweat and thoughtfulness, go up in flames because Instagram has zero customer service and cares little for their clients. Whether she gets the account back or not, I know that she will “build back better”, and she has totally accepted this injustice with calm and grace. She said, “Hashem is in charge, and this is obviously happening for a reason, and I know it will end up bringing something even better”. It was her account, and yet she found herself comforting me about her debacle.

In this week’s Torah portion, Metzora, we read about the Tzara’as lesions that plagued the walls of a gossiper’s home. This plague isn’t punitive or inflicted with “collateral damage”, it’s pinpointed to affect the recipient so that he/she learns their lesson and is better educated to make good choices going forward. The Kohen encourages the homeowner to remove all their vessels and garments from the home before he pronounces it impure, so that those items won’t obtain impurity vis-à-vis the home itself. This is an expression of the true kindness embedded in the plague: Here to teach you a lesson, not to ruin your life, so it’s always infused with the kindness of a parent and empathetic educator.

Whatever ends up happening with Chavie’s account, she is right, it will be better. Hashem isn’t out to get us, even when it feels that way sometimes; He just wants what’s good for us and to get there He puts us through the wringer at times. I am preaching to myself because I struggle with this big time. I like when things “go my way” and I believe Hashem is running the show, but I don’t act that way when under duress. Chavie is my anchor, my inspiration, my proof that women are spiritually superior to men, and I am glad that I married someone who not only talks the talk but walks the walk, even when it’s hard.

I really shouldn’t stress it because G-d can’t be hacked!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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