Second Life is hardly the same place after our victory over the furzis and other online neonazis. Das Waffenamt remains abandoned, and there has been a dramatic decrease in Nazi grieving of Jewish sims. The furzis appear to have gone underground. Right after the neonazi headquarter’s downfall they have resorted to gathering in Rainbow Pirandello’s private sim. But what is even more exciting is that our activity has spread. Whether they are white, black or arab antisemites, we have remained vigilant in our efforts to free SL from intolerance, and have also grown in numbers.
Our staff frequently find their IMs capped with messages of support and information regarding questionable activity. These tips have been of enormous assistance – thank you to all who provided them! Please keep it coming. However, not only SL alliances are being made, Real Life organizations from North America, Europe and Israel have shown their support and joined us in the fight against intolerance both in Second Life as in Real Life. But your efforts are a vital part of the fight against antisemitism and making SL a better place as well.
Please continue AR-ing when you encounter grievers. Linden Labs is doing their utmost best to maintain order and tolerance. Please be sure to report the incidents, including the names of the grievers and – if possible – screenshots to us. Since many of you asked us how to take screenshots, here are the instructions: In order to take a screenshot, press CTRL+PrtSc. The screenshot will be “stored” in your mouse. Then, paste (CTRL+V) into a document (i.e. Paint) and you will see your shot. Remember, your efforts matter!
As a final note to all of you. We are currently in the Omer period, since the time of our sages this period of 49 days has been known as a mourning period. On the one hand it is the period between Pesach, our deliverance from the hands of the wicked Egyptians, and the receiving of the Torah at mt. Sinai. And on the other hand, it is a time of great sorrow. A time when according to the Talmud 24.000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students died. Our rabbi´s taught us that this was because of loshon horo, speaking badly about their fellow Jews. Loshon horo is one of the worst characteristics human beings have. This period we are in now, is also a time to think about, and work on our middos (our good character traits).
One of the most important things, that we always should remember is the principle that our rabbi’s in the Talmud taught us: “Kol Yisroel areivim ze la’ze.” Every Jew is responsible for each other. Let every Jew, and non-Jew, take up this one good character trait today: feel and be responsible for one another in order to make both RL as SL a better place for us all.