The "Negative Influences" in the Secular World

Is not everything a manifestation of Hashem? The JIDF sees the divine of everything. We see sparks everywhere. We believe any creative work of anyone is significant, even if that work is not religious in nature...especially if that work has mass appeal. In other words, certainly Hashem is involved in everything, correct? But especially the things that are popular, we'd imagine? Or is this just our rationalization of enjoying popular entertainment? Is something that gladdens the soul not something that should be treated seriously in the religious or spiritual sense?

We feel these questions could help foster greater understanding between secular and religious Jews. There must be greater acceptance among our people. We are divided. The Land is divided. We must somehow strive toward unity, even though the JIDF finds it almost impossible with certain types of Jews who are perhaps unknowingly pushing concepts (ie. land for "peace") and political ideologies which endanger the lives of everyone.

We are inspired and see great wisdom in the book Up, Up, and Oy Vey!: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein.

From our understanding, Rabbi Weinstein was not always an observant Jew and was certainly not always a Rabbi. However, his journey through comic books and the film business led him there. Are there not many potential Ba'al Teshuva Jews like this out there? Certainly there can be a Jewish perspective on everything and it might help to close the various divides among our people.

We are not sure how to fix this fragmented people, and are not sure if that is even our job, but we somehow feel this song is applicable and we wish we had the Jewish knowledge to put a Jewish spin on it, but for now, all we can do is share:

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