Minute #649: Direct Line

Today’s world is a shrunken remnant of what once was. Even in the last century, when millions of miles of wires and undersea cables connected voices around the globe, the receivers had specific, hard-wired locations. If someone on one side of the planet wanted to reach another, operator intervention was needed. Satellites were sent into space to increase communication capabilities, yet the receiver was still fixed in a specific, wired location.

With the advent of wireless communication, the mobility of the receiver unleashed voice and picture communications beyond all physical limitations. Today a person can text, speak or send live face images to anyone who has a mobile device anywhere on Earth. The fact that a wireless signal locates and matches the sender’s information with the receiver’s device is nothing short of miraculous. Without human intervention and without a specific receiver location, people can instantly communicate one with the other.

The Chofetz Chaim once explained that modern technology has developed to compensate for a loss of faith, emunah. People doubted the possibility of their lives being recorded and played back to them in the Heavenly court and so Hashem put in the human mind the wisdom to develop moving pictures with color and sound.

The mobile phone is able to send a signal from anywhere and connect with the desired receiver anywhere else. The signal can span oceans and mountains and still hit the target.

Perhaps the lesson is that a Jew can cry out to Hashem at any time and from any place and have access to a direct line to the Heavenly Throne. Moshe Rabbeinu said it best over 3300 years ago: “For what nation is there so great, who has G-d so near to them…in all things that we call upon Him for?”(Devarim 4:7).

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One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

Harav Avigdor Miller, zt”l,  would say that there is a special mitzvah in the Torah that everybody knows but fails to emphasize. If you are an eved Hashem, then this must be one of your major goals in serving Hashem: “V’ahavta l’reiacha kamocha” — You should love your fellow Jew as yourself.” (Rabbi Ovadiah Mansour, The Power of Hello, p. 15)