Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Expose on the gentile influences in contemporary frum world music

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Today's event

The Israeli government has killed 52 people thus far today in Gaza. They are all on their side of the fence being shot at by snipers. They are nowhere near any Jewish communities. They are not firing rockets. They are protesting being locked in the largest concentration camp in the history of the world. The economic blockade has resulted in 98% of the drinking water in Gaza being polluted and enormous challenges in running businesses and getting a proper diet: "the number of trucks entering the Gaza Strip is very close to the absolute minimum required for basic sustenance, as determined by the IDF itself. " (Haaretz) Not a single Israeli has been hurt in any way, not even a scratch. The protests started peacefully with few exceptions. They got wild after Israel shot 100s of people. This isn't a case of disproportionate force. It's a case of killing at will. The Israeli government has killed children. It has killed journalists, doctors, medics. Will this not inspire terrorism? Is that the goal? Is the State of Israel pushing the Arabs to start violence, to launch rockets again? Is that the goal? If the health situation continues to deteriorate it could lead to the start of disease that spreads to Israel, which let us remember is right next door. Jerusalem is 50 miles away. Is this risk being made intentionally or is just Israeli arrogance? Is the government of Israel trying to get into a war? Is the government of Israel actively trying to cast doubt on every case it has ever tried to make that it uses force only when necessary because violence is so unnecessary here. The assumption seems to be, we are so powerful we can do whatever we want. This is a bad assumption. Israel is a little country. And when America goes away, which is any day now, look out because the bad will that Israel has built up is going to come back to get us, Heaven forbid. The Torah has rules about starting up with the gentiles. These rules didn't cease to apply in 1948 or 1967. Right now, people are putting all their faith in the military and none in Hashem. We are following military rules not Hashem's rules. And it will not work out in the end. It's a house of cards. You watch.

Some Torah to address the situation:

First halacha:

"Whenever a person kills a human being, he transgresses a negative commandment, as Exodus 20:13 states: 'Do not murder.'"

Rambam. Mishneh Torah, Rotzeach uShmirat Nefesh - 1:1

Now musar:

"We are fortunate to have been the victims, and not the murderers. How terrible it is to be the winners, if it means being murderers. We are better off being the losers. If we are martyrs, God decided our fate. But if we murder, we have destroyed our humanity. "

Rabbi Elazar Menachem Man Shach (1899 - 2001)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Compassion on all

“Compassion is the feeling of sympathy which the pain of one being awakens in another; and the higher and more human the beings are, the more keenly attuned they are to re-echo the note of suffering, which, like a voice from heaven, penetrates the heart, bringing all creatures a proof of their kinship in the universal God. And as for man, whose function it is to show respect and love for God's universe and all its creatures, his heart has been created so tender that it feels with the whole organic world bestowing sympathy even on beings devoid of feeling, mourning even for fading flowers; so that, if nothing else, the very nature of his heart must teach him that he is required above everything to feel himself the brother of all beings, and to recognize the claim of all beings to his love and his beneficence.” R' Samson R. Hirsch, Horeb,125

Friday, May 11, 2018

No draft

Twitter post I liked:


We learned this month that the Israeli army does not need the Charedim. Iran and Syria can't fight back. The Palestinians are target practice. Egypt and Jordan continue to honor peace treaties. So where's the big threat that requires a universal draft?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Qualifications

"Learn from no teacher, be he ever so wise, whose way of life is open to reproach. The source of true wisdom is not to be found in him."

R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb, 494

Friday, May 4, 2018

nothing, nothing at all, would be gained

"So that even if to-day, through some miraculous chain of events, Palestine were to be placed at the unconditional disposal of the Jews, and they could return to the “Land of their Fathers” and found an independent state there: nothing, nothing at all, would be gained as long as the causes have not disappeared which once brought about the downfall of the state and the destruction of the Temple, yea which made that downfall unavoidably necessary for the preservation of Judaism and thereby Jewry. A Jewish National body with Jewish spirit would be, and remain, dead: a Jewish State, that does not, in making the laws of the Torah, a reality, present a picture of the realisation of the eternal laws of justice and love of one’s neighbor based on the sound foundation of purity of morals, would be a still-born creation, and irretrievably doomed to dissolution, even as it was thousands of years ago. But this is just by way of parentheses!"

R’ Mendel Hirsch, The Pentateuch, Haftoroth (Gateshead: Judaica Press, 1989), pp. 592-3. R’ Mendel Hirsch (1833–1900)