In times of strife, the individual recognizes the need to be sensitive to the
Tzibur at large, a tendency which is expressed through a volunteer spirit;
hosting families from the frontlines, and donating money, time and blood. The
meaning of Hillel the elder's maxim "if I am only for myself what am I?"
suddenly becomes obvious. The individual has no doubt as to his worth and his
ability to have an immediate impact for the public good. Total strangers, from
all different backgrounds, come together, be it on the frontlines, in the tanks,
or on the home front. It is totally irrelevant whether the person next to me
is a member "Shalom Achshav" or a resident of Hebron. A unity of purpose lifts
us to higher plane.
The "Tzibur B'nei Yisrael" vision is to recreate, not only in times of war,
this sense of purpose, and belief in the individual's capability. To be
effective in this task we must provide a platform for the individual to express
himself. The proliferation of web "talkbacks" and blogs reflects a deep desire
to be heard. Yet, these energies, far from being harnessed and channeled
constructively, are lost in cyberspace.