Section:  Avodah   Category: General
Ahavas Yisroel at Its Best - Chilul Shabbos For a Michalel Shabbos

The Mishna gives as an example of a Machlokes that is not L'Shem Shamayim "Korach V'Adoso"; Korach and his constituency. Shouldn't it say Korach and Moshe? This question can be answered with a story about the Satmar Rav, Rav Yoel Teitelbaum zt"l. He was known to love every Jew regardless of religious level. If so how is it that he was such an ardent anti Zionist? Were the Zionist not Jews as well?

Typically if you search for the origins of longstanding feuds they are very hard to find. It starts with an argument over a particular issue but degenerates into a personal fight that lingers on well after the initial cause is long forgotten. Not so with the Satmar Rav. He hated Zionism not Zionists. The Zionists in turn hated him because he hated them. He didn't care that they hated him and continued to keep as the object of his scorn the Zionist principles and not the Zionists themselves.

The Brisker Rav himself was once Michalel Shabbos to plead before the authorities for the life of a Non Religious Jew who had caused the Frum community much grief!

The great tzadikkim knew how to perfectly juggle the paradox of hating the ideal or action but not the actor himself. They maintained perfect Ahavas Yisroel while vigilantly defending Torah against any breachers. That is the meaning of Korach V'Adoso. Only Korach and his group fought. Moshe on the otherhand took a number steps in order to end the Machlokes and prevent the death of every beloved Jew. Moshe was not involved in any argument whatsoever.