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What are some practical things we can do to bring Moshiach?

Given that we are still in galus (physical as well as spiritual exile), and given that our sages tell us the destruction of the second Beis Hamikdash (which caused our galus) was caused by sinas chinam (causeless hatred), how do we rectify the situation?

The simple answer of "ahavas chinam" (causeless love) isn't specific enough for me to take practical steps in ahavas yisrael (especially given the rash of negative news regarding Jews in the news media).

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    This would be a more valuable question asked on the g'mara that says it was sin'as chinam that did us in and asked for practical ways that that could have been avoided several thousand years ago. Another question could ask whether the same rules that applied to the destruction of the Bayis apply to it's non-rebuilding and therefore to us today.
    – WAF
    Aug 25, 2011 at 13:50
  • @AdamMosheh I don't know if it can, as it was closed by a mod. May 7, 2012 at 4:33
  • @ShmuelBrin - it needs only one more vote to reopen May 7, 2012 at 4:45
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    @ShmuelBrin, looks like it was indeed possible. Now, if only it were that easy to answer the question...
    – Alex
    May 7, 2012 at 14:00
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    @ShmuelBrin - Never give up hope. See what we have achieved? May 8, 2012 at 1:27

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In ליקוטי מוהר"ן א:רפב Rebbe Nachman zy'a outlines an essential method of engaging in baseless love for one's fellow and one's self. In short, one must judge all people, including oneself, only on the side of merit, looking only at their good points and not at all at their faults.

If one remembers that every single individual has at least some good in them and focuses only on that, it becomes possible to love even a complete sinner. It is necessary to not only focus on the good but to disregard the bad as irrelevant. This world is a world of falseness and physicality and the bad has no real substance. In the real world, the world above, only the good is lasting and permanent.

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    +1 Am I the only one who has Yosef Karduner's "Da" playing in the back of their head?
    – HodofHod
    May 7, 2012 at 16:37
  • Do complete sinners even exist nowadays? May 8, 2012 at 1:12
  • @AdamMosheh there's only One who can really answer that question... but I guess it depends too on your definition.
    – yoel
    May 8, 2012 at 1:35
  • @yoel - But I cannot logically understand how somebody could ever be a rasha gamur. Because unless he knew all of torah in its entirety, he would not be able to violate every single detail of halakhah. But then - if he did know all of torah in its entirety, then he would know that hashkafically he would not be able to transgress. Unless he disconnected halakhah from hashkafah, but is that even possible? May 8, 2012 at 3:44
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    @AdamMosheh I hear you but there are different opinions - look at the first chapter of Tanya, for example. As for whether or not a person could really be a rasha gamur, it seems to me that it is only a theoretical state and not possible in practice. As Rebbe Nachman says, even one who would otherwise be a rasha gamur at least has the merit of being a Jew.
    – yoel
    May 8, 2012 at 6:08

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