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Dissent from Decadence

A Jew is in a daily mission of becoming. A daily fight to keep the way of the righteous and in doing so, stay grounded enough to continue to make good decisions…


Praiseworthy is the man that walked not in the counsel of the wicked, and stood not in the path of the sinful, and sat not in the session of scorners (Psalm 1:1).


The first line of the first chapter in the Book of Psalms is all about not conforming to what everyone else is doing. It's a message, from King David to us, 3,000 years later, about a human challenge we must accept just like he did.


The greatest statement of individuality is when we acknowledge that Hashem is with us always, and that we are never alone. We are created beings with rules and standards that dictate our every thought, word, and deed.


This breaks us free of the hordes. What is a horde? It is a pack of wild animals all running wildly in a direction with no concern for what is in their way. They destroy everything around them leaving nothing for anyone else.


Isn't that what the hordes of today are?


They claim to be the "resistance," but they control everything we are supposed to resist. The devices they peddle for a free flow of ideas have become electronic tools of propaganda. Non-conformists were supposed to think outside the box. Now, they are orders to stay within the screens.


They claim to stand up for freedom, but they have amassed more power over more people than any Emperor, Ceasar, or Furher ever did – and they use it against humanity at every turn!


Those who wish to be gods -- the Pharaoh's in our world, demand that in order to stand out in the crowd we need to have more sex with different people and forget about loyalty to G-d, our soulmate and children. They demand that we allow for any type of behavior, no matter how much Hashem hates it, to be called righteous.


They demand we earn as much as we can, wasting our most precious moments to pursue money we don't need and acquire fleeting luxuries so we can boast the glamourous Facebook post.


They insist that a man should be judged by the color of his skin and not by the content of his character or the holiness of his deeds. To enforce their treachery against a world based on mitzvoth and Divine Merit, they call anyone expressing a mere hint of individual strength a fascist, racist, homophobe, even Nazi.  


In the Name of all Hashem's creation we must break free from their deleting the greatest gift He gives us, the human spirit! What makes us all unique is the G-dly spark inside us. Every act in this world that connects to this spark taps into the uniqueness of who we are. Every act in this world that is only physical, vacant a sacrifice for the holy, learning something new, a good deed, or a blessing, is mere flesh. Flesh comes from the most standardized commodity in existence: dirt.


Being a Holy Rebel is hard work. It's a daily struggle. Every moment of every day we are tasked with resisting a new impulse, broadcast by them, to serve our lusts and snuff out our soul. A Jew is in a daily mission of becoming. A daily fight to keep the way of the righteous and in doing so, stay grounded enough to continue to make good decisions.


We, the pursuers of Hashem, proclaim ourselves the Dissenters from Decadence. We stand up for our identities, nested in the soul He gives us. We march against the tide of the A-list crowds, stand silent against the media gossip mongers to proudly pursue Hashem and His Torah.


Even if we have to do it alone.



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David Ben Horin is the developer for The Aliyah Boot Camp, an online video course for anyone considering life in Israel. He also wrote The Great Life Hack, a guide to self-greatness by utilizing our deepest passions to get what we want. You can have this for free.

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