Sunday, September 22, 2019

Pre-slichos kumztitz

Last night I sat in a pre-slichos kumztitz. There was a guitar and that usually means trouble. Whenever I see a guitar I know that the Zionism is close at hand. And sure, the rabbi went into a whole speech about the importance of living in Eretz Yisroel. He told us how he dreamed of this at a young age. He talked about having to give up materialism to do it. He seemed to think that everyone in America has a walk-in refrigerator. I don't know, maybe he lived like a king there. I didn't. The tuition payments alone soak up the income of most people I know. 

There are many idealistic people living chutz 'aretz. I know all kinds of kollel men in tiny apartments. I know Chassidic families in small homes struggling to feed their children. But this rabbi's remarks about people living chutz l'aretz were disparaging. To a rabid Zionist, these people are to be condemned because, you guessed it, they aren't living in the land. That's the most important mitzvah in the world to many Zionists. 

This is a black hat, black yarmulka rabbi. He would not call himself dati leumi. But he is dati leumi. He didn't talk about acquiring yiras shemayim before coming into Eretz Yisroel. He didn't talk about being punctilious b'mitzvos before coming into Eretz Yisroel. You have to be ready, be suitable, be on the level to come to EY.

Question: must one have a special spiritual preparation to go to Eretz Yisroel? And the an-swer is absolutely. (Yeremiah) HaNavi said,  וַתָּבֹ֙אוּ֙ וַתְּטַמְּא֣וּ אֶת־אַרְצִ֔י “You came and you defiled my land.” (Jeremiah 2:9) And therefore, it is of the most utmost importance that someone should be ready to behave, should learn how to conduct himself perfectly al pi HaTorah before he goes to Eretz Yisrael. And if he is good here, he must make a resolve to be even better there. There are no two ways about that. Well, it’s Eretz HaKodesh and it’s only for Jews who live b’kiddusah. Now if you’ll ask what about Arabs? And the answer is first of all Arabs don’t ask us any questions. And the second is an Arab we consider him just like birds. The birds that fly into Eretz Yisroel don’t have to have any kiddushah. An Arab or the gentile don’t have any tuma. They are like nothing to us. It’s like grass that grows there. But Am Yisroel they are pogem. When they do a sin, they cause great harm in the world. And therefore it’s of the utmost importance that a Jew before he goes to Eretz Yisroel, must make up his mind to be there b’kiddushah. Even just to visit. Nobody should go unless he’ll go b’kiddushah. If he takes along his wife, he must make sure that she is dressed completely properly because this is a land that vomits out the people who live there if they don’t suit her taste.  The land has to have something made to its taste. It’s אֶ֣רֶץ אֹכֶ֤לֶת יֽוֹשְׁבֶ֨יהָ֙ (Bemidbar 13:32) … Eretz Yisroel is finicky. It’s delicate. And only those people who behave properly can please the land.
Rabbi Avigdor Miller, “The Prophet Shmuel,” Tape #200 — 1:20 

Here is the order of life: first Torah, then Eretz Yisroel. If going into slichos, the rabbi talks only about the latter, then he isn't a rabbi. Don't we have teshuva to do? Isn't that the point of slichos? Maybe you want to say something about lashon hara, shmiras einayim, tznius, theft, selfishness, bitul Torah, or a 1,000 other sins. No, he talks only about living the land. And weirdly, he did it to people who live there. It was like he was playing a tape from years ago, a speech he gave in some American city. Would have been better to say, now that you live here, be careful in mitzvos. Remember mitzvos? Does anybody remember mitzvos?

Here is how a real rabbi talks:
It was not the land that Moses had been commanded to proclaim to his people at the outset of his mission as מורשה, as the inheritance they were to preserve (Ex. 6,8). The Law, to be translated into full reality upon that soil, was to be the true מורשה, the one true, everlasting inheritance, the one true center around which the nation and its leaders were to gather as one united community. Herein lay the goal and the destiny, the character and the significance of the people.
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch "The Kehillah," Collected Writings, Vol. VI, p. 62

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Who isn't a Jew?

"whosoever is not merciful to his fellow-men is certainly not of the children of our father Abraham" (Babylonian Talmud, Beitzah 32b)

מי שאינו מרחם על הבריות בידוע שאינו מזרעו של אברהם - ביצה ל״ב ב

Friday, September 20, 2019

More anti-Charedi slant from the Times of Israel

Here's a brief article that appeared the day after the elections:

Litzman: We’re still with Netanyahu, still won’t serve with Lapid 
United Torah Judaism chairman Yaakov Litzman says his ultra-Orthodox party will stick with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “until the end.”
The deputy health minister, who police have recommended indicting for providing illicit assistance to alleged serial pedophile Malka Leifer, says he will not back down from his decision not to serve in a coalition with Blue and White MK Yair Lapid. 
“Lapid damaged and humiliated us. There is no apology for that,” Litzman says.
Now tell me, what is the relevance of the police recommendation to Litzman's intentions regarding a coalition? The article doesn't mention police recommendations to indict Netanyahu. Are we discussing coalition formations or indictments? They seize every opportunity to malign Charedim. 

Here's another one that appeared later in the day:

‘I’ll sit with him if he puts on tefillin,’ Litzman says of Liberman
United Torah Judaism chairman Yaakov Litzman mocks the election’s presumed kingmakers on his way into a meeting of right-wing faction heads at the Prime Minister’s Office.
“Who is Liberman? Is he a minister?”
Asked for his reaction to Liberman’s take-it-or-leave it conditions that he would only sit in a coalition with Blue and White and Likud, the deputy health minister who police recommended be indicted for illicitly using his office to provide assistance to alleged serial sex predator Malka Leifer says he’s prepared to sit with the staunchly secular lawmaker if he starts putting on phylacteries and observing the Sabbath.

Evidently, Litzman's middle name is now "recommended for indictment." The TOA is incapable of referring to him without mentioning this. However, the TOA is able to mention Liberman's name with saying that he was convicted of assaulting a 12 year old boy in 2001 or that police recommended his indictment for corruption in 2010. His case actually went to trial.

See this article on Ehud Barak that appeared the same day as these articles the elections.  

Barak urges Gantz to form temporary minority government with Joint List support from outside
Democratic Camp candidate and former prime minister Ehud Barak urges Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz to form a temporary minority coalition with his party, Labor and Yisrael Beytenu,with support from the Joint List from the opposition.
Barak tells Army Radio that this would last until the end of Netanyahu’s legal proceedings and then a further decision could be made as to whether Likud would be added into the government.
This article doesn't mention that Barak was photographed at the home of serial pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein.

Only when a Charedi politician is involved does the TOA add this other stuff. Even though they are a left-wing news outlet, they treat arch-conservative Liberman with more fairness than they do Charedim.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Big Brother Is Watching You

The eye in the sky in Ramat Beit of Beit Shemesh is complete. And it's a whopper of a camera. Talk about surveillance state. 

There seem to be three cameras here and if I'm not mistaken the two on top allow for panning and closeups. At the top, there appears to be an antenna. So this isn't just a camera that records. It is rather one that continuously sends images back to police headquarters. In other words, the police in this alleged democracy are watching us all day long. How creepy. We are a reality show now.

Where did they get the cash for this? The post office is open half the day, but for this they have money.

But why? Is the corner of Ayalon and Yehuda HaNasi in Ramat Beit a crime zone? Actually, I would say that it's one of the safest neighborhoods in the country. It's like a shtetl. Children in long payus running around. Very modest ladies pushing strollers. Men in long coats hustling off to shul. It's very safe and very frum. It is an incredible place.

Well it was like a shtetl and it was an incredible place. Now the Chiloni police can stare at us all day long. They can watch the women and the young women. They are recording us. Let us not be naive. How creepy. 

What is the real reason for this? Is it the tznius sign? Or is it part of the larger war against Charedim in the country that has the nerve to call itself israel?

As usual, the action came with lies. With this camera, they'll be able to find lost children. Why then this corner? Why not in Grand Park in Petak Tikva? Why not on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel-Aviv? Why not at the corner of Ayalon and Dolev in Bet Shemesh, the Dati Leumi neighborhood?  No children there? Maybe they only care to rescue Charedi children.

They either think we are stupid or just that they are so smart. Maybe they are stupid.

As far as I am concerned, the secular authorities have ruined one of the best places on earth. They own the whole country as it is. If you do any traveling in Eretz Yisroel you'll see that once you leave the handful of Charedi communities, it's all Chilonim. From river to sea, it's atheists, men with shaved heads and hot tempers, and women dressed like you know what. A few times, I have taken a train ride from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to Haifa and back. That's the main part of the country. Could have been Romania except there you'd see some churches. There's nothing Jewish about it. Same thing happens when you travel to Beersheva in the South or Rosh Pina in the North. In the North, other than small sections of Safed, Carmiel, and Tiberias (who has an openly anti-religious mayor), and a few graves of Tanaim, you are dealing with Chilonim who have no interest in spiritual life. In other words, it's one big cemetery. 

I will admit that the activists who reinstalled the sign each time the city removed it may have erred. The Brisker Rav warned us, you don't start up with the wicked. He once told Rav Amram Blau zt'l, would you start up with the Russians? 

Zionism creeps into everyone. Not realizing how bad these people are is a symptom that Zionism has found its way inside you. In my view, the Palestinians have this problem. 

The holiness of this neighborhood just dropped around 50%. Maybe it's all gone. A little pork ruins the whole bowl of soup. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

What will we do?

The latest election again produced no ruling coalition, no clear winner, except one: Avigdor Liberman's party went from 5 seats to 9 and now has even greater ability to dictate what kind of government we will get.

From the Times of Israel:
Kingmaker Avigdor Liberman appears outside his “castle” in the settlement of Nokdim, offering the gathered masses a royal promise that he will not allow a third round of elections but will also not waste time haggling.
Liberman lays out his demands — a secular wishlist including the ultra-Orthodox military draft, allowing transportation and commerce on Shabbat, Haredi education standards and other measures — and says he does not plan on speaking to any other party leaders until they meet his preconditions. 
That's his wishlist. With all the problems facing the country - economy, security, health, transportation, corruption, crime - he is interested only in opposing Charedim. He wants to violate Shabbos, change Charedi education, and destroy Charedi life via the military. That's all he cares about. We know from many sources that the military is already overstaffed. It does not need Charedim. Yet, Liberman has the entire country hanging on this issue.

Remember that monster, may his name be erased, who ruled Germany in the 1930s and 40s, how obsessed he was with Jews? Even as war raged in Europe, even as his country was being bombed to smithereens and millions of his fellow Germans were being killed, he remained obsessed with the Jews. It is commonly accepted among Jewish scholars that he was "from the seed of Amalek," the latter being the nation that tried to annihilate the Jews after they left Egypt at the time of the exodus. The same is said of Haman in the Purim story. Both attempted a complete genocide of the Jews. 

In the 1930s, Rav Elchonon Wasserman (1875-1940) wrote:
The Torah teaches here that the war against Amalek exists in all generations until the coming of the messiah. However, the "Amalek" is not always the same. In the olden days when the Jewish people was ruled only by Torah, the enemies were the descendants of Amalek in the gentile world. But ever since we have thrown off the yoke of the Torah, the seed of Amalek thrives in our midst. We now have many who violate the Torah out of spite, such as the Yevsekses – Jewish Communists – who live not only in the Soviet Union but in all of the world, wherever there are Jews, and also in Palestine. The Hellenizers there are the same Yevsekses – there is no difference between them, except that these write in Yiddish and those write in modern Hebrew…
People are so ignorant today, that a large percentage of Jews support them with money, so that they might be bigger and stronger. They do not know or understand the word of Hashem, "When the wicked blossom like grass, when all sinners flower, it is in order to destroy them forever." (Tehillim 92:8) And when that time comes, woe to those who support them or flatter them! And it is as clear as the sun that the Land will vomit them out, for it is the King's palace and it does not support sinners, much less those who sin out of spite. (I am not coming here to curse or to bless, but since these things are written in the Torah we must admit that they will come true.
We must not err and think that all those who follow the Zionists are from the seed of Amalek. G-d forbid to say so; we are talking here only about their heads and leaders, teachers and guides, writers and speakers – these are from the seed of Amalek, standing at the front of their armies to do battle with the Holy One, blessed is He. But all the multitudes of Jews who join them are merely following like a herd of animals. (Omer Ani Maasai Lemelech, paragraphs 5-6)

Rav Elchonon Wasserman

Here we are again. And don't think I'm exaggerating. Two-thirds of Charedi Jewry lives in the country that has the nerve to call itself israel. The powers of immorality and heresy today are like never before in history and the technology to blast them into your soul is like never before. Judaism is being decimated before our very eyes. Yes, there are men in yeshiva, but emunah, bitachon, tznius, and middos are under a terrible assault. One has to look beneath the surface. Take away the yeshivas (Heaven forbid) and what are we left with? 

Most of religious Jewry lives under an anti-religious regime. And it is ruthless. This isn't Denmark. The rulers of this country are angry, arrogant, and violent. They practiced this violence on the Palestinians for decades as we looked the other way or even cheered them on. Now they are coming for us.

Exile is a protection for Judaism. If we are scattered, we are harder to destroy. The fact is since the founding of the state many times more Jews have been murdered in the state that erroneously calls itself israel than outside it. 100x more. So the state doesn't even provide physical protection. And the spiritual situation is just as bad. Our lives hinge now on elections as we have put ourselves under one ruler. The Talmud warned us not to do this. The people of the Mizrachi movement would not listen to the Talmud, and they seduced quite a few other people with their fairy tales. 

Now we are faced with grim reality. We see that Zionism is a betrayal of Judaism. It is as Rav Avigdor Miller said, the "anti-thesis" of Judaism. 

The Modern Orthodox will tell you that "Israel is thriving." You see where their loyalties lay. They get dizzy with joy from the sight of construction cranes and the latest American jets. To them, that's thriving. People will tell you that Israeli society is less materialistic than Jewish American society. That's incorrect. It's just as materialistic, but it's a different kind of materialism. Militarism is materialism. 

Is emunah thriving? Is bitachon thriving? Is avodas Hashem thriving? Is tznius thriving? Is integrity thriving? Is chesed thriving?

It is very difficult to thrive in those areas in a place like this. I saw recently a news account of a horrible murder of some children in Florida. The police chief was shaking as he talked about it and commented on how the killer will be punished when he faces God on judgement day. Show me the Israeli police chief that talks that way. 

During his campaign Liberman, the former defense minister, went out of his way to violate the Sabbath in public. From the Jerusalem Post:

He visited the BIG shopping mall in Ashdod, where in January 2018 he spent time on Shabbat shopping in protest at the “mini-market law” passed by the ultra-Orthodox parties, which prevented municipal authorities from allowing greater levels of commercial activity in their districts.
“This is where a year and a half ago I came as defense minister on Shabbat to protest against religious coercion and against the closure of mini-markets on Shabbat,” said Liberman. “This is where the struggle against that law began, a law which I hope we will be able to repeal after the election.”

This is the environment that we operate under. Show me a leading American politician that openly mocks religion. 

The state that should never be called israel is a difficult place for religious practice on a good day. Now, it is coming after us. Please Hashem save us from these people. 

Let us take this opportunity, as we did in Persia, to respond to this crisis, to this threat of spiritual genocide, with repentance. Haman has the king's ear. He is issuing decrees.

What will we do?

Monday, September 16, 2019

More anti-Charedism at the Times of Israel

"We proclaim He is one God and He says we are one people. And the world is trying to shut us both up. And they are trying their best. Because there never has been a campaign of vilification, a campaign to belittle, to slander, to besmirch as much as the campaign against the Jew. The best people in the world is portrayed as the worst. In America today, there are certain public principles, certain forms of public behavior, that don't permit it. But don't think it's not practiced in America. It's practiced extensively, in the NY Times too, and even the Reader's Digest, and even Time Magazine. The more respectable newspapers all practice it. Cause whenever they write about Orthodox Judaism it's in a jesting tone. Always. Always belittling. I read recently, the NY Times, a writer, of course a Jewish writer, who are the ones who are most wicked against their own people? The Jews. And he makes a survey of kashrus in NY, The rabbanim who gives hashgachas and the shochtim, and He makes it seem so petty, so commercial, so low, so ridiculous."(Rabbi Avigdor Miller, #218 Opposition to Am Yisroel, 39:20)

Rather than just being numb to it, one should see the signs. A recent article in the Times of Israel reported on the case of  a Uri Gilad, a teacher in Herzliya, who admitted to sexually abusing a 12-year-old student. Strangely, the court only fined him and ordered him to do community service, rather than putting him in prison as the prosecution requested.

The article goes on to mention another case:

In a separate case earlier this year, a teacher at a top school in the city of Rehovot was arrested on suspicion of molesting at least three of his female students. All of his alleged victims were 14 or 15 years old.

Then it lists yet another case:

Last month, a 26-year-old resident of the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement of Emmanuel was indicted for dozens of alleged sex offenses against underage girls. 

Notice how they slip the words "ultra-Orthodox" in there. Their method is sneaky. Rather than say that he is ultra-Orthodox, they imply it by describing his city as such.

Yet, for the two cases that appear to involve Chilonim, nothing about the perpetrators being Chilonim or being from Chiloni cities is mentioned. They don't say, from the Chiloni cities of Rehovot or Herzliya. The full article on the teacher from the "top school" in Rehovot (certainly TOA would never describe a Charedi school as such) doesn't specify that the teacher was Chiloni.

Question: why not just say, from the settlement of Emmanuel? And the answer: because the Israeli press seizes every opportunity to malign Charedim. Journalistic integrity goes out the window when it comes to Charedim.

Rehovot case

In a separate article on the Emmanuel case, TOA describes how the perpetrator used the Internet extensively to entrap victims, so I have to wonder if he was ultra-Orthodox as implied. He abused at least 45 girls aged 13 to 18 by posing as "a soldier, police officer, modeling agent, swimming coach or gynecologist." It's hard to imagine anyone that one would picture as "ultra-Orthodox" even knowing how to do this. On top of that, Emmanuel is a hardcore settlement town. It's not exactly Bene Brak or Kiryat Sefer or any kind of mainstream ultra-Orthodox city. It's a place for Zionists. TOA doesn't differentiate.

Also in the article, TOA lists another case:

Separately on Sunday, a 41-year-old modeling agent from central Israel was indicted on a number of sexual offenses against underage girls.
Prosecutors said Nir Sandler, a resident of Moshav Zeitan, used his position as head of his talent management firm, Passion Management, to abuse at least eight aspiring teenage models and actresses since 2013.
According to the charge sheet, Sandler told the girls the sex acts were part of the “professional training” that they needed to undergo in order to get acting or modeling jobs.

Once again, no mention that the offender was Chiloni or from a Chiloni city.  

In two articles describing gang rapes in schools in Netivot  and Nazareth, we are not told whether the suspects are Arab or Jewish. We can be sure they weren't Charedi because if they were the TOA would have told us that.

In 2018, TOA published an article on corruption in Emmanuel.

Once again, an "ultra-Orthodox" settlement. And the word "Chabad" appears in the article numerous times. 

A TOA article on convicted NY State Assembly leader Sheldon Silver mentions that he was "prominent in Orthodox Jewish circles in Manhattan’s Lower East Side."

An article on corruption and Netanya's deputy mayor is careful to give him the title of rabbi.

But articles about corrupt Chilonim don't say that they are Chilonim.

Why doesn't it say that a Chiloni employee from the Choloni government company in the Choloni city of Dimona was questioned on suspicions of corruption?

Here's another:

Bezeq CEO Stella Handler, who is being investigated in a major corruption probe involving the telecommunications giant, announced Monday she will step down in July.

Nowhere in the article is it mentioned that the Bezeq CEO is Chiloni, working at a Chiloni company. 

Same with an article on the mayor of Rishon Lezion and the corruption probe that led to his arrest. 

In December, Zur was among some 20 employees of the Rishon Lezion municipality arrested as part of the probe, known as Case 1803. Among those scooped up by police after a long investigation were also two parliamentary aides, contractors and businesspeople.

Nowhere does the article say that it's a Choloni city or that he isn't Orthodox. 

He was arrested with 20 people. What about them? If any of them were Orthodox Jews (or Jews who claim to be Orthodox), would the article have told us?

Care to wager?

The TOA's presentation of the corruption probe of the mayor of Hadera is particularly brazen. As far as I can tell, Tzvika Gendelman, a former brigadier general in the IDF, is not religious. Yet the photo that the TOA shares is one of him wearing a knitted yarmulka and shaking hands with Charedim.

These are not Charedim that have anything to do with the probe. But the casual reader doesn't know that. And one of them is Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the President of the Shas Torah Sages Council. He is not part of the probe, but TOA found a picture with him it just for the heck of it. Likely, Gendelman put on the yarmulka as Israeli politicians sometimes do when greeting senior rabbis. 

Here's the photo with the caption.

The text of the caption:

Hadera Mayor Tzvika Gendelman (L) meeting with Rabbi Shalom Cohen, President of the Shas Torah Sages Council, February 12, 2017. (Yaakov Cohen/Flash90)
So the reader sees the word corruption and sees next to it a photo of the head of Shas, long beards, black hats, the word Torah, and the word Sages as well as the non-religious mayor himself wearing a yarmulka. Unless you know his biography and the case, you'd think that the corruption probe concerns religious Jews. You wouldn't know that it concerns a former Israeli general because the TOA wouldn't be so sacrilegious as to mention that one of the high priests of militarism (the actual state religion) could ever do anything wrong.  

Here's his photo from his Wikipedia page:

צביקה גנדלמן.jpg

Here's a picture of him in court:

Hadera Mayor Zvi Gendelman arrives for extension of his remand at the Magistrate's Court in Rishon Letzion, June 4, 2018 (Flash90)

No yarmulka there.

Corruption is rampant in the Chillul Hashem causing state of israel. So says attorney Eliad Shraga of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel, a nonprofit dedicated principally to fighting corruption in government. 
The Times of Israel: To what extent should we be worried about the level of corruption in the country overall? And what areas do you see as being the most problematic? 

Eliad Shraga: I don’t sleep at night. We have been in the business of fighting corruption for 28 years, and it has gotten worse. The cancer of corruption has spread everywhere — into the most intimate places of the State of Israel, even into the IDF with the submarine affair. Everywhere. Look how many mayors, MKs, ministers, presidents, prime ministers [have been caught up in it]. It’s all about money. You can’t say there is one clean, untainted sphere.
Yet, the Israeli press will give you the impression that Charedim are the primary culprits. Even the interview with Eliad Shraga that tells us corruption is everywhere spends much time on the scandals surrounding Shas Minister Deri. 

This newspaper propaganda is just part of the problem. We have no space for it here, but I have written elsewhere of the various forms of maligning of the Charedim in Israeli society. They are called parasites and bums when according to my research and calculations the government actually gives far less money to yeshivas than it receives from overseas donations. The yeshivas are a profit center for the government. How much does the government give to a man in kollel? $100 a month. Can you live on that? But the yeshivas raise $600 a month from chutz l'aretz. And on the subject of Charedi unemployment, this is caused mostly by the draft. The draft exemption evaporates if a bochur even volunteers one day for a job that is normally paid. And what about Charedi violence against immodest women? Another myth. This happens so rarely. I have been in the hardest core of Charedi environments 1,000s of times and never seen anybody harassed even when they are provoking harassment. 

If you want to experience anti-Semitism of the kind your great-great-great grandparents saw in Europe, if you want to see anti-Semitic press, hatred of the Torah, blood libels, if you want to see lies, misrepresentations, and slander of religious people, then come to the state of israel. The hatred for religious Jews is so palpable there that one wonders if the souls of many Cholonim in Israel (certainly the staff of the Times of Israel) really are from the Erev Rav or something like that. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Last Battle

It should not be surprising that the current crisis over formation of a government comes down to Chilonim (not all) waging a war against the Charedim and the latter's desire to preserve traditional Judaism against that church of secular Zionism known as the army. For isn't that what Zionism has been about to a very large extent - rebellion against God and Torah? 
“The war was definitely not a jihad or a religious war on the Israeli side. On the Israeli side, the Jewish population in Palestine, the yishuv, was 90% secular at the time. And the leadership of the yishuv was almost totally secular. The military leadership, the political leadership. It was a very secular society. You get an optical illusion when you look back from 2016 when Israel has become much more religious or a larger part, segment of its population is religious. But in 1948 the people who counted and actually the vast majority of the population was of course non-religious. In fact they were children, or actually the people themselves, who had rebelled against religion. This is what Zionism was all about, partly, against rebelling against the old world of their fathers, which was a religious world. They rebelled also against God. So they didn’t approach the war at all as a religious war, not the generals, not the politicians, not Ben-Gurion, not Sharet, not Allon, not Dayan. They were irreligious people. Maybe even they were anti-religious, so the religious people saw them.”
Israeli historian Benny Morris on “A New Look at the 1948 Arab-Israeli War,” Wilson Center, 43:15 

Benny Morris

All one hears with the election is about the Charedim and the draft. You'd think maybe the economy would be an issue, or healthcare, education, transportation, crime, corruption, pollution, or infrastructure. Do they even talk about Arabs anymore? It's all Charedim, Charedim, Charedim. One is reminded of the Nazi obsession with Jews. A war with the Allies is raging yet the Nazis remained obsessed with Jews and spent considerable resources on this obsession. How is the average Chiloni's life even affected by Charedim being in the army or not? You have more than enough soldiers. What's the difference? There are twice as many Arab Israelis as Charedim and the Arabs aren't part of the army. Traffic in Tel Aviv is a much bigger problem for Chilonim than Charedim being in the army.

I would say that to the contrary, the drafting of Charedim harms the average Chiloni's life because the Charedim have no choice but to resist the draft and the Chilonim have declared that earning a living nullifies the draft exemption. THE MAIN CAUSE OF CHAREDI UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE DRAFT.

Don't believe what the newspapers tell you about theocracy in the state of israel. It is quite far from a theocracy. I have written about this here many times. No society with the world's most liberal abortion laws, generally radical feminist judiciary and legislature, irreligious population, formidable gay pride parades, seriously immodest fashion habits, and anti-religious press can be considered a theocracy. No society where an overwhelming majority of people favor same-sex marriage can be called a theocracy. 

Jerusalem gay pride parade. The city hangs flags in its honor and provides a police escort.

In Saudi Arabia or Iran, newspaper men as anti-religious and disrespectful as those in israel would have their heads chopped off. 

If you were to tell people in Iran or Saudi Arabia that israel is a theocracy they might die from laughter. Maybe the israeli military should consider this as a weapon of mass destruction. 

If the state of israel were a theocracy, Charedim wouldn't be among the lowest income groups. All of the power positions are held by Chilonim: prime minister, president, knesset speaker, bank, corporation, and university presidents, supreme court judges, generals. The attorney general seems to be the one exception right now. 

Esther Hayut - November 2017 (cropped).jpg
Esther Hayut, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

No society where religious people are barred by the courts from holding their own concert with men and women seated separately can be called a theocracy.

What's really going on is that the country is so secular that if the Chilonim are restricted in any way they get hysterical and start exaggerating about the so-called Charedi theocracy just like they exaggerate about everything. In other words, they live such a free-wheeling secular life that any religion, any restriction feels overwhelming to them. Baaeli tiva cannot deal with any restrictions. 

But 1/8th of the country is Charedi. Obviously, some compromise is needed. Some sense of sharing the country is needed. That would be the approach of a healthy society. But as President Rivlin said, israel is a sick society in need of help. 

So here we are, now that the Arabs are out of the way, with the Chilonim coming after the Charedim, Heaven help us. Zionism is characterized by its aggression. It is a shallow, vacuous movement that looks outward towards imagined enemies. It never looks within, never tries to improve its own character. It is too busy slaying dragons, the current one being the Charedim.

Israel hasn't been attacked by a foreign army in 50 years and the Chilonim want to draft everyone. That also isn't surprising as the military is their religion. This is a religious war: Esav vs Yaakov, militarism verses Torah observance, worship of tanks and soldiers verses worship of the Almighty. It's incredible that the final battle of history is not between gentiles and Jews but between bad Jews and good Jews. This isn't a debate about defense of the country. It's a religious debate, or rather a battle between believers and heathens. 
The notion that Israel’s wars were wars of self-defense and that its limited military actions were primarily “retaliatory” in nature rests on shaky foundations. Many Israeli politicians and institutional historians have tried to sell the world and the Israeli public for decades the conception that Israel’s military actions were primarily actions of self-defense.
….most of Israel’s wars were the result of deliberate aggressive designs or flawed conflict management strategies. At least one war (the Yom Kippur War) could have been avoided by judicious diplomacy. Israel’s war experience is a story of folly, recklessness, and self-made traps. None of the wars – with the possible exception of the 1948 War of Independence – was what Israelis call Milhemet Ein Brerah (“war of necessity”). They were all wars of choice or wars of folly.
(Zeev Maoz, Defending the Holy Land, p. 552. Maoz, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Correlates of War Project at the University of California, Davis and Distinguished Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, is the former head of the prestigious Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and the former academic director of the IDF M.A. (graduate studies) program.

I read so many flippant remarks about Charedim in the Zionist media. The anti-Charedim are the real anti-Semites. Charedim are too Jewish for them. One comment I read tonight was that the Charedim have no sense of responsibility. It's astounding. The Charedim are much more responsible people than anybody else around here. Their whole lives are about responsibility. Day and night the Charedim honor obligations, duties, and responsibilities while the Chilonim, to a large extent, once military service is over behave in far less impressive level of discipline and responsibility. Have the Charedi-bashers considered that and asked what the Charedi perspective might be rather than jumping to condescending little judgments? There is very little listening in Israeli society. Mostly you get shouting. It's one of the many things that makes life in Israeli society a misery.

Liberman is the poster child of the childish rant and there's two things he rants about: Arabs and Charedim. That's his whole life. He hates Arabs and he hates Charedim. The gehennom waiting him is not something I even want to imagine. 

The army is a brainwashing machine. The Zionist brain happens to be brainwashed already so Zionists don't notice the problem. For Charedim, the military is the opposite of the Jewish religion and if we have to go to our deaths over this, we will -- how ironic, in the so-called Jewish state. And many Zionists, being practiced in murder, are fine with that. That's what Zionism has done to them. 

I have full faith that God is watching and taking names. You want to come after His loyal servants? Oh, you are asking for big trouble. Not even your precious American jets will save you. Not even AIPAC, not even the President of the United States himself. HaKodesh Baruch Hu will not tolerate this persecution forever. 

For all you lovers of the state, for all your worshipers of the secular anti-religious political entity known as the state of israel, know that the greatest threat to the state is the drafting of Charedim. The Chilonim sin all over the land. 4.5 million Sabbath violators. Hashem is patient. But will He tolerate the destruction of the few remaining people who are loyal to Him? Ask the Nazis. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Rivka (bas Simcha) Chagagi

from Kol Dimama 2:11

The case of Rivka (bas Simcha) Chagagi is more well-known, as several demonstrations have already been held to protest her extended arrest – she has been in prison for two weeks already, for failing to enlist. Rivka’s entirely family, including herself, is religiously observant, and her older sisters received peturim from military service. However, a few years ago, owing to a family medical crisis, Rivka was sent to a chareidi boarding school where she underwent a temporary spiritual crisis. 

During that short period of time, she posted non-tznius photographs on Facebook, and the army, no doubt through its use of private investigators, discovered this. Rivka has since returned entirely to a frum lifestyle and submitted a tatzhir dat, asking for a petur. The army rejected it, and despite the fact that she is currently frum, claims that she is in fact secular and must enlist. The army even claims that Rivka voluntarily withdrew her application for a petur when shown “evidence” that she is secular (the photos dating back several years). She was arrested on her way to a family simchah abroad, handcuffed at the airport and sent to military prison. 

Despite pouring rain, a hafganah was held last week in Kikar Shabbos to protest her extended imprisonment, followed by another one on Motzoei Shabbos, both of which were attended by hundreds of people. 

Hagaon Rav Tzvi Friedman shlit”a, speaking about the current matzav, quoted the Bais Halevi zy”a on the Haggadah. He noted that the gezeirah of Pharaoh was worse than that of Lavan, even though Lavan wanted to kill everyone. Indeed, Pharaoh wanted to leave the girls alive – to marry goyim, so their children would be brought up in complete tumah with no Jewish men to protest, and Klal Yisroel would be totally immersed in kefirah and avodah zarah, a fate far worse than no Klal Yisroel at all.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

They want it all

They want it all.

When I first arrived in Eretz Yisroel, my plan was to see the whole country. Everything. I have been to 30 countries and 40 US states and I wanted to see all of Holy Land. Travel generally whets my appetite for more, and I figured, all the more so would this occur in Eretz Yisroel. Finally, I'd tour my land, my country. I didn't have to feel like an visitor any more.

However, it didn't take long for me to lose my appetite. Physically, the cities aren't particularly attractive and the nature is pretty much obscured wherever you go. But that wasn't the main problem. The main problem was sin. It is just astounding how much sin goes on in Eretz Yisroel. When you travel the USA you see many churches. When you travel Europe, you see many churches. When you travel Asia, you see many Buddhist Temples. And India looks like one big religious colony. Certainly, not everyone is devoutly religious even by gentile standards in these gentile countries, but religion is respected for the most part.

By contrast, Eretz Yisroel today is blanketed in atheism. You can walk Tel Aviv for hours and see nary a trace of Judaism. The same applies to many cities:  Herzliya, Beersheva, Lod, Haifa, Carmiel. Even large swaths of Jerusalem remind one of communist Russia. Religion has been blotted out and replaced with militarism. Even the people in street clothes carry themselves like soldiers, aggressive, abrasive, unsmiling. When I walk around Eretz Yisroel a posuk sounds out repeatedly in my mind, "There is no God in this place."

How can this be? Isn't it the holy land? Well, according to Religious Zionist Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, holiness is not inherent in a place. To say that it does smacks of fetishism he said. People imbue a place with holiness via their deeds. A place can lose its holiness.

Such seems to me to be the case with most of Eretz Yisroel. There is no holiness in Tel Aviv. It's gone.

Now, there is holiness in Meah She'arim. There is holiness in Ramat Beit of Beit Shemesh for there are God fearing people there.

But there aren't many Charedi cities in Israel. Frum Americans, getting frum visitors from Eretz Yisroel, get the wrong impression. Around 1/6 of the Jewish population is Charedi but they live in just a few places. Jerusalem, Elad, Bene Brak, Kiryat Sefer, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh. For the most part, the Charedim are packed inside ghettos. And even then, in all of these places, they are surrounded by Chilonim. 

There is no oasis of frum life in Eretz Yisroel. I have seen even in the enclaves all kinds of non-religious people passing through, all kinds of pritzus. One Shabbos in Meah She'arim I saw a dozen Dati Leumi young women parading down the middle of the street and for some strange reason one of them was walking with her skirt hiked above her thighs! A resident told me that this is done intentionally to provoke a conflict. But none occurred. I have never seen any immodest woman being pestered by anyone about her dress despite all the propaganda you may hear to the contrary. There are so many lies told about Charedim in Eretz Yisroel.

Even in the small Charedi communities, the Chilonim are doing their best to infiltrate.  Ramat Beit of Beit Shemesh is one of the better places, but this week the city started building some kind of camera tower to spy on the citizens. It is so creepy. To think all these modest women and girls are going to be filmed 24/7. Their sense of modesty will no doubt be diminished. Of course the  Zionists sent a small army of police to keep watch over the construction workers as they fired up their electric drills. It was such a sad sight, all the Chassidim so helplessly surrounded by the Cossacks and their guns. This is what the Zionists have wrought, this is what all who support them have wrought. The thugs arrested a 14 year old Charedi boy. Tell me, when in Jewish history were good Jewish boys arrested by Jews? Never. Only in the so-called Jewish state. 

The corner where the camera is being installed is now covered with an ugly green fence. One of the few decent spots in Eretz Yisroel has been ruined by the Zionists. I presume this is temporary until they unveil their little camera pedestal which will ruin it further. They never stop. They want it all.

The altar upon which the idol will sit

The reason for the camera is allegedly to insure that nobody tries to reinstall the modesty sign that used to sit in the area. It was a sign that said simply, please dress modestly as you pass through our neighborhood. But a Dati Leumi woman couldn't deal with it. She is a physician - part of the source of her arrogance no doubt - who likely owns a car and probably doesn't even see the sign if she drives through. She claims the sign promotes violence against women, but as I said I can testify that I have never seen any violence against women in any of these neighborhoods even though I have seen women in ridiculously immodest dress as well as women who did their best to provoke trouble. 

The good doctor says she was once surrounded by 300 men at a protest. I can tell you what likely happened there. There was a protest probably over some bochur or bochurah sitting in prison for not wanting to be destroyed by the anti-religious army, and this woman marched into the middle of a pack of men and started yelling at them. A few might have yelled pack a little, but Charedim don't yell like Chilonim do. It's pretty feeble, baruch Hashem. Doesn't usually have that Israeli rage in it. That's the pack of menacing men. I don't know for sure the story but I imagine that this is the case for I have seen it before.

I have seen a fair number of protests. The men are so non-violent, especially in Ramat Beit. These men who have never participated even in sports don't know how to be physically aggressive. She was likely the aggressive one. Like many feminists, she wanted to act like a man and be treated like a lady. 

Has violence ever happened? There have been a handful of incidents over the years. It's not normative for Charedim. There is an occasional unstable person out there who loses it. The woman who filed the complaint claims she was hit by a rock. It could be. But such would be a rare event. The claim is that the sign produces a general violence. This is utter nonsense.

I found the judge's comments alarming. He said, we will not tolerate there being a place where women cannot go without being harmed.

That's fine. I wouldn't want that tolerated either. Is there any such place? Normally, judges need to see assertions proven. If there is substantive violence, is there any connection to the signs? Normally, judges like to see assertions about connections proven. You hear judge talk about precedents and statutes. That's not how Israeli judges talk, not many of them, not this one. He sounds much more like a military commander telling Palestinians to clear out the area because the  military is going to test some bombs today. Most things in Israel are done forcefully, dictatorially. It is such a strange place. The military culture dominates everything.

Beit Shemesh had a different court case a few years ago where residents tried to block construction of a cell phone tower on top of a building in a residential neighborhood. The judge determined that the connection between such towers and cancer was not provable. So there proof was required, but here not. And there is scientific evidence that cell phone towers can be hazardous. Even the American Cancer Society admits that living or working next to a tower can be dangerous. However, the judge ruled against the residents. More proof of a link was needed. But here, the judge is deciding against Charedim. Proof is not required. 

So here we are with years of conflict and now cameras in Ramat Beit. The government had money for this even though it seems to have no money to build a hospital or to keep the post office open more than half the day. Yesterday, 5 guards kept watch for the whole day. What did that cost?

Could this woman have said, it's a Charedi neighborhood and they have these signs. How quaint.

In England, you'd get such a response. In America, you'd get such a response. (There's a modesty sign outside Monroe in NY State.) 

But in Israel, land of atheism, land of anti-Charedism, land of chutzpah, land of intolerance, rage, violence, and control of others, not a chance.

But likely this camera isn't just for the tznius signs, it's for the planned destruction of Charedi life via the draft. At this kikar, many of the anti-draft protests are held. At this kikar, gatherings to prevent or slow down arrests of bochurim who resist the draft take place. The Zionist government photographs everything. It's part of their totalitarian state. At protests, police quietly photograph everyone they can. They do this to Palestinians too. The police that aren't bashing people to the floor, tossing children into the air, or beating Palestinians to a pulp are taking pictures. They are photographing the entire country and have records on everyone. When the arrests come in the wee hours of the morning, the police aren't so quiet. The gestapo was also fond of arrests in the wee hours. 

People often say to me when I complain about the massive problems in Eretz Yisroel, the Gemara says, three things are acquired only through tzurus. And Eretz Yisroel is one of them.

I ask them if they think that the Gemara refers to Canaan under the Canaanites or to Beitar as the Romans were slaughtering people. And what is going on today in Eretz Yisroel is worse. With 4.5 million Sabbath violators, with the world's most liberal abortion laws, with over 1 million babies aborted since the founding of the state, with the army doing everything it can to suck in all the Charedim, with elections that are hinging on that very issue, with all the chutpah and shouting and violence and selfishness that characterizes this place, it's far worse than Canaan. That's why I don't travel anymore. I only want to go to holy places and there are less of those every day. 

There is so much to admire about Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch: his genius in Torah, his being "a living musar sefer" as the Ger Rebbe said about him, his brilliant writing, his tireless efforts to rebuild Judaism in Germany, his vision with regard to women's education, his foresight into the evils of Zionism. Up there with all of that is how he kept his faith when surrounded by apostate Jews who wanted to destroy the Torah. I don't know how he did it. The man was a rock. 

I'm not so strong. But tomorrow is another day. I'll try again.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

We have been here before

Nazi Germany:

Adolf Hitler describing army service in Nazi Germany, May 1, 1934:
"a national and social melting pot for the education of a new German human being." 
(Daily Life in Hitler's Germany, Dr. Matthew Seligman, Dr. John Davison, John MacDonald, Thomas Dunne Books, p. 168)

Hitler also predicated citizenship on army service: 

"The rights of citizenship shall be conferred on every young man whose health and character have been certified as good, after having completed his period of military service. This act of inauguration in citizenship shall be a solemn ceremony. And the diploma conferring the rights of citizenship will be preserved by the young man as the most precious testimonial of his whole life. It entitles him to exercise all the rights of a citizen and to enjoy all the privileges attached thereto. For the State must draw a sharp line of distinction between those who, as members of the nation, are the foundation and the support of its existence and greatness, and those who are domiciled in the State simply as earners of their livelihood there.
(Adolph Hilter, Mein KampfVolume Two - The National Socialist Movement, Chapter III: Subjects and Citizens)

The army as a cultural training camp that should be mandatory on all:
"The army trained men in idealism and devotion to the fatherland and its greatness while everywhere else greed and materialism had spread abroad. It educated a single people in contrast to the division into classes and in this perhaps its sole mistake was the institution of voluntary one-year enlistment." 
(Adolph Hilter,  Mein Kampf)

The Zionist State:

The military as a tool for molding young people into a model:
“It is clear to us all that army service is of value not just in a military sense, but, much more significantly, as a national value. IDF service is a unifying force in the nation. I'm sure I don't need to explain this … so if you want to propose [an alternative form of service], you have to take this nation-building aspect into account...[Only] the army has the capacity to absorb young people at critical age when they are forming their personalities, and mold them into the desired model … It's hard to estimate the value of this, but my feeling is that it's immense.”
(Yair Golan, 2019, now running for election to the Knesset in Ehud Barak’s new party Israel Democratic Party in Kol Demama, parshas Shoftim, Vol. 2, Issue 30)
The military not for national defense but as a value:
“Military service was always a top value in the worldview of the nationalist camp.”
(Former Israeli Minister of Defense, Avigdor Liberman, 2019)
These attitudes, expressed THIS YEAR, trace back to the founding of the country:
"The first Israeli prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, led a trend to blend the many immigrants who, in the first years of the state, had arrived from Europe, North Africa, and Asia, into one 'melting pot' that would not differentiate between the older residents of the country and the new immigrants. The original purpose was to unify the newer immigrants with the veteran Israelis for the creation of a common Hebrew culture, and to build a new nation in the country.
"Two central tools employed for this purpose were the Israel Defense Forces, and the education system. The Israel Defense Forces, by means of its transformation to a national army, would constitute a common ground among all civilians of the country, wherever they are. The education system, having been unified under Israeli law, enabled different students from different sectors to study together at the same schools."
(Wikipedia, "The Culture of Israel")
Ben-Gurion in his own words:
"There is need for Zionist control of the public. There is need for a channel by whose means the message of Zionism will be transmitted to every man and woman."
(Ben Gurion, in his diary, in Zvi Zameret, the Melting Pot, pp. 47-8) 
"And there will not come into being among us an army which will fulfill its function in our historical circumstances, if it is not accompanied by a tremendous educational effort, more than in all the armies of the world. The army must serve as a school for maturing youth, a crucible shaping the unity of the nation and its might and culture."
(Ben Gurion, January 1949, at a gathering of members of the free professions, in the Melting Pot, p.48) 
"The ingathering of the exiles is a very important matter, and the army can be a great instrument in creating a unified nation, in shaping its cultural image....If we know how to exploit this year wisely for appropriate educational purposes, this can be a historical turning point in the education of the youth....the uniting of this human dust, that which is in the country and that which comes from abroad, into one nation, a cultured nation with a common goal -- this can be a revolutionary factor in shaping the character of the nation." 
(Ben Gurion "at a consultation to clarify issues of cultural activity within the IDF" at General staff headquarters, 19 September, 1949 in the Melting Pot, p. 49 – 50)  
And who were those veteran Israelis that the newer immigrants were intended to blend with?
“The war was definitely not a jihad or a religious war on the Israeli side. On the Israeli side, the Jewish population in Palestine, the yishuv, was 90% secular at the time. And the leadership of the yishuv was almost totally secular. The military leadership, the political leadership. It was a very secular society. You get an optical illusion when you look back from 2016 when Israel has become much more religious or a larger part, segment of its population is religious. But in 1948 the people who counted and actually the vast majority of the population was of course non-religious. In fact they were children, or actually the people themselves, who had rebelled against religion. This is what Zionism was all about, partly, against rebelling against the old world of their fathers, which was a religious world. They rebelled also against God. So they didn’t approach the war at all as a religious war, not the generals, not the politicians, not Ben-Gurion, not Sharet, not Allon, not Dayan. They were irreligious people. Maybe even they were anti-religious, so the religious people saw them.”
(Israeli historian Benny Morris on “A New Look at the 1948 Arab-Israeli War,” Wilson Center, 43:15)
"Since I invoke Torah so often, let me state that I don't personally believe in the God it postulates ... I am not religious, nor were the majority of the early builders of Israel believers."
(David Ben-Gurion, Jewish Virtual Library)
And Herzl:
"Approximately two years ago, I wanted to solve the Jewish problem, in Austria at any rate, with the aid of the Catholic leaders there. I sought an audience with the Pope in order to tell him: 'Help us against anti-Semitism, and I will generate a mass movement of Jews to convert to Christianity freely and proudly.'" (Herzl's Diaries)
"The leaders of the movement - particularly myself - will remain Jews, and as Jews they will call for the acceptance of the dominant religion. On Sunday at noon, the conversion will be carried out with a festive procession and the ringing of bells. Not in shame, as individuals have done in the past, but with pride. The fact that the leaders will preserve their Jewishness and remain outside while they lead the masses to the church doors will lend distinction to the entire matter and invest it with a sense of great sincerity.  
"We courageous ones would have to be an interim generation. We would still maintain our ancestral faith, but we would baptize our young children before they reach the age of independent decision, a time when conversion to Christianity becomes either a frightening experience or a stepping-stone to a higher station."
(Theodore Herzl, in his diary, 1895, in Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Sonnenfeld, Guardian of Jerusalem, p 351, footnote 1.) 
Now do you see why the Charedim want no part of the army? It's not because they are bums, it's not because they are ingrates. It's because the army was designed from the beginning as a tool of assimilation by people who rebelled against God and Torah. Just as the Nazis used the army as a brainwashing machine -- to great effect -- the Zionists do the same. To Charedim, God through Torah is the purpose of life. There's no point to being alive if you are an apostate. Doesn't matter who the IDF allegedly saves you from if you are an apostate because you have lost the life that matters, eternal life.