Sunday, June 30, 2019

Clearly labeled as avodah zarah by Gedolei Yisroel

Rosh Yeshivas Tifrach,Harav Aviezer Piltz shlit”a recently spoke at an Asifa. He noted that thousands of years of persecution have not broken Am Yisroel, and neither will the current persecution at the hands of the Zionist rulers. He said that the obsession of the Zionists and their followers on the primacy of Yishuv Eretz Yisroel was clearly labeled as avodah zarah by Gedolei Yisroel, and that although many could not understand their harsh opposition to Zionism at the time, today it is clearly understandable to all who have eyes to see.

He cited the Chazon Ish zy”a who stated that unfortunately far from heralding the geulah, the Zionist state will not advance the coming of Moshiach at all and Moshiach will have no association with any of their projects. Similarly, Harav Shach ztz”l, would observe the celebrations of “Yom Yerushalayim” and cry out, “Treif!”

Harav Piltz also addressed the growing interference of Misrad Hachinuch in chareidi education. “They no longer allow us to teach our children about Akeidas Yitzchok, about Beriyas Haolam – baruch Hash-m that there are still people who stand up to them…”

Kol Demama, Shemini

Thursday, June 27, 2019

It's not just about us

"You should pray for the welfare of the whole world and feel other's pain. This is the way of the righteous. David HaMelech said, "And I, when they were ill, dressed in sackcloth, I afflicted myself with fasting." (Tehillim 35:13) Do not pray and beseech God only for your own needs. Pray also that all humanity should live in peace. When there is peace among governments, there is peace in the world."

Rabbeinu Yona of Girona, on Pirkei Avos 3:2. Rabbeinu Yona, d. 1263, who is referenced several times in Tosfos, was the teacher of the Rashba. He is the author of the classic Gates of Repentance.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Thinking for yourself

R' Nosson Kamenestky z'l in an interview talking about the traditional Litvish approach which was actually to use one's own mind in running his life.

Q: Is there a halachic source for blindly following a rabbi in matters that are not related to Jewish law, such as politics or other matters? 
“The Mitnagdim (non-Chassidic Jews) always thought for themselves. If they had a specific question they could not decide, they would come to get advice from a wise and knowledgeable man who had the Torah behind him, but things a person can figure out on his own, it is forbidden to depend on others’ judgment. In his commentary to the Mishna, Rambam describes the great power of the human mind to make decisions, a man must use his own mind, do not denigrate your own intelligence. If you have a doubt about something, go ask someone wiser, after you hear what they say, you do not have to follow their advice like a blind man, you have to digest it and decide if it was good or bad. The Mishna asks, ‘Upon whom should one rely?’ And it answers, ‘On God.’ It does not say ‘On Rav Elyashiv,’ or ‘On Rav Shteinman.’ It is obvious that we talk of individual issues, but in issues concerning the entire community, great Torah scholars are the leaders of the community and guides of all of Israel.”
Q: From what, in your opinion, comes the adoration and complete obedience that currently permeates the relationship to the rabbis in the Lithuanian world, which is reminiscent of the way Hasidim act? 
“You’d be surprised to hear that Hitler, may his name be erased, is responsible for this. Most of the Jews who survived the Holocaust were from Hasidic areas, and this was their approach. If there is a change in the upbringing of the Lithuanian Jews of today, it is this, that we teach them to be Hasidim of the Lithuanian Rabbis - that is my opinion. I, in any case, was not raised this way. I was raised in the best Lithuanian fashion. Healthy skepticism, respect for wisdom, and having some knowledge of true modesty. But that was my problem –I wrote from that perspective.” 

Similarly, I heard Rav Avigdor Miller, who talked often about the importance of seeking the advice of gadolm, say that one must be responsible for his own life. It is dangerous to rely on another too much. 

None of these means that one should rely only on himself. None of it means that a person should not study the words of the wise in order to acquire wisdom. As one Litvish Rav told me a person should strive to stay within the 6 line highway that the gadolim of his generation traverse, but within those 6 lanes you have choices. But with freedom comes responsibility. We are responsible for our choices and pay the price for bad ones.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

They rebelled also against God

“Benny Morris on “A New Look at the 1948 Arab-Israeli War,” Wilson Center, 43:15

“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.”

Benny Morris is one of Israel's most respected historians. He is not sadly a religious Jew, yet even he could see what the founders of Zionism were all about. They were rebels against God.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Do You Care About Jewish Life?

Here's a case for you. An unmarried Israeli woman gets a sperm donation. Genetic testing as interpreted by one physician showed that there was a 30% chance of the kid having some kind of intellectual delay. (Those are quite common these days -- all pregnancies have a 2.5% risk.) 

The physician immediately told her the hours of the pregnancy termination committee because the pregnancy was late term. 5th month! "You don’t want to deal either with ADD or delayed development," the physician told her. (How ironic it would be if autism or ADD - attention deficit disorder - is indeed caused by the vaccines physicians inject.) 

Says the mother:
I cried but we reached the conclusion that it would be out of the question for me to give birth to a baby with disabilities. I am a single parent with limited resources. There was no way I could cope with that.

A single mother?  She chose to be a single mother. This woman had an artificial sperm injection. She tried to get pregnant as a single mother. People hear that term "single mother" and lose all reason. All you have to say is "single mother" and all conceptions of responsibility and culpability go out the window. 

The pregnancy termination committee approved the abortion immediately.

She went for two other opinions that put the odds of problems at around 4% or 7%. She chose not to abort and gave birth to a perfectly healthy daughter.

That's a close call, but the first doctor as well as the "committee" will get gehennom anyway for what they tried to do here as well as the many other cases where they ended pregnancies with injections and forceps and blades of various kinds.

Says Shanny Littman of Haaretz:

Anywhere else in the world, physicians would probably not have even raised the abortion option, nor would Yael have done the CMA test. She was in her 23rd week (fifth month) when she heard the results of the tests. In most countries abortions are not performed from the date at which the fetus could theoretically live outside the womb (other than in cases of danger to the mother’s health), and every country defines that point differently. Some countries don’t allow abortions after week 12, others are willing to go as far as week 20 or 24. Israel is one of the few countries in the world where the law explicitly allows termination of pregnancy after week 24 because of potential birth defects.
Here's how they do abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy at which time the fetus theoretically can live outside the womb. They kill the fetus by injection of a substance into its heart, then give birth to it. 

So let us repeat: "Israel is one of the few countries in the world where the law explicitly allows termination of pregnancy after week 24 because of potential birth defects."

Chillul Hashem from the State of Israel, as usual. The State of Israel leading the way in sin.

In Canada, you know that goyish country with those nasty inferior goyim, termination of pregnancy after week 24 is allowed only in extreme cases. Prof. Yoav Yinon, director of the fetal medicine unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer said he knows of an Israeli couple that flew from Canada to Israel to abort a late term fetus on the fear the baby would have Down syndrome.

In Israel, the percentage of late term abortions is on the rise. In England, another goyish country with nasty goyim some of who dare to criticize Israeli government policy, only 0.1 percent of the abortions in 2017 were performed after week 24. In Israel, that supposedly Jewish country, the percentage is 1.8%. 17 years ago it was 1%.

HaGaon Moshe Feinstein zt'l, posek hador, ruled that abortion in general is murder and absolutely prohibited to prevent birth of a baby with birth defects. (Iggros Moshe- Choshen Mishpat- 2:69) Furthermore, he ruled that even amniocentesis is forbidden if it is performed only to evaluate for birth defects for which the parents might request an abortion.

In 2017, the State of Israel permitted and performed through its "physicians" 302 late-term abortions on the grounds of potential birth-defects. That is 9x the amount of death caused by terrorism in 2017 (34 deaths, may their blood be avenged). It is more death than was caused by terrorism in all but one year in the State's history. Only 2002, at the peak of the 2nd Intifada, was worse.

Every year the State of Israel performs 18,000 to 19,000 abortions. In 2012, the number was over 21,000. Yes, the State of Israel performs them. The State's committee approves the abortions and State "doctors" perform them. 10% of pregnancies end in abortion in the so-called Jewish state.

So since this is a blog that concerns Torah Im Derech Eretz which is the religious philosophy of Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, a great defender of Torah Judaism against all forms of reform, including Zionism, I will assume that the readers are Orthodox Jews. So, Rav Hirsch tells us, Judaism is built around the Torah. It is defined by the Torah.

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)

But the Torah prohibits abortion except when necessary to save the life of the mother, which is the rare case. Since 1948, the State of Israel has ended more than 1 million pregnancies. That's more children than the Nazis killed. And you want to call this "The Jewish State"? 

R’ Avigdor Miller: 

In Eretz Yisroel in the past year, there were 20,000 legal abortions. Among Jews. Arabs don’t abort.… That’s 20,000 legal abortions, and most of them are in the army. The girls in the army get abortions from the government. Do you know what a ruination that is? From 1948 until about five years ago [in the 1980s], one million abortions took place in Eretz Yisroel. Do you know what that means? A million Jewish babies were murdered. That’s why we are against abortion. Terrible crime! And you should know, there’s no kaparah for that crime. No kaparah for that crime. An innocent unborn child wanted to breathe the air and enjoy this world, have a chance to do mitzvos, and these selfish people consider relations between men and women just for recreation and fun. And then when they have to have the responsibility to bear a child, they dodge it by murdering a baby? Oh, you have to know, HaKadosh Boruch Hu will not keep quiet. We’re afraid what’s going to happen in Eretz Yisroel. Their blood cries out from the earth. 
(R’ Avigdor Miller, Audio Lecture #600, “What to Acquire,” 1:27:15; Q&A, Thursday Nights with Rabbi Avigdor Miller (Columbus Publications), pp. 67-8.)

Caring about life

I keep hearing, the Charedim don't want to defend the country. This because they don't want their children subjected to the intense, brutal anti-religious brainwashing of an army that doesn't need them. 

IDF Radio:

You ask: 'Do we need more Chareidim in the army?' The answer is: No. About three thousand chareidim enlist every year – most of them into combat units; any more would just cause more [administrative] headaches. Every chareidei framework costs tons of money and inhibits our new project of increasing the number of women in combat units… In two years, the number of soldiers in the army is [expected] to grow to a surplus of 17,000. 17,000 soldiers that the army does not know what to do with. A committee has been established to find a solution for all those extra soldiers – how to let them go. In two years, we are looking at a surplus of soldiers… Everyone knows that the army has no need for chareidi soldiers… They cost too much: every chareidei soldier costs double that of a regular one. This whole debate was unnecessary. (Y. Joshua, Military Correspondent for “Latest News,” on IDF Radio)
Heart that? The army doesn't need them. If Zionists care so much about Jewish life, let them start by doing something about late term abortions. Then we can move on to reducing the promiscuity that produces pregnancy as pregnancy is nearly always preceded by a voluntary act of consenting adults. Then we can move on to the topic of second hand smoking which kills 800 people a year in Eretz Yisrael. Then we can talk about reckless driving that kills far more than are lost in any altercations with Arabs. But somehow, the hottest topic in the county is not abortion, smoking, or reckless driving, it's Charedim and the army. 

The reason isn't a mystery. The State was founded as a rebellion against Hashem. Israeli historian Benny Morris: "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." 

Nothing has changed. The State was a replacement for God and Torah. 

That's why Charedim and the draft is the hottest topic, the one that prevented Netanyahu from forming a government, the one that is the cause of an unprecedented second round of elections. In the State of Israel, the state religion is the military. 

Anshel Pfeffer of Haaretz:
But as far as any form of Israeli secularism, or religion, goes, the IDF is the most powerful one Israel has today. It’s the closest thing we have to a state religion. It’s certainly the strongest stream of Judaism.
Imposing the draft on Charedim is the same as pagans imposing idolatry on the Jews of old. It's the same battle. Only difference, in the end of days, in this final challenge to Torah Jewry, people born to Jewish parents - Chilonim and the Dati Leumi that support the them in their war on Charedim - are the culprits. Whether they know it or not, they are separating themselves from authentic Jewry. And when Moshiach arrives, look out!

We know from Zionist thwarting of rescue efforts during the Holocaust that Zionism is not concerned with Jewish life. 
When two options are offered: the chance to save multitudes of Jews in Europe or redemption of the Land, I choose without a moment’s hesitation redemption of the Land. Speaking too much about the slaughter causes a weakening of our efforts to increase Hebrew might in Israel. If it were possible to buy food packages with funds from Keren Hayesod and send them by way of Lisbon, would we do so? No, no! (Yitzhak Greenbaum of the Rescue Committee of the Jewish Agency.)
If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Israel, then I opt for the second alternative. (David Ben-Gurion)
In 1943, New York newspapers publicized Romania’s offer to release 70,000 Jews at the price of $50 each. Here's what happened next:
Stephen Wise the president of the American Jewish Congress and leader of U. S. Zionists publicly denied the authenticity of the offer and declared that no collection of funds “would seem justified.” The Jewish Agency in England also ridiculed the news of the Roumanian offer, but Undersecretary of State A. A. Berle affirmed privately that the Roumanian government had actually made such an offer to the State Department. Some time later, when all the Jews who could have been rescued had been annihilated, the facts of the offer were confirmed by Bartley Crum, an expert on affairs of the Near East, who declared that the 70,000 Jews could easily have been transported through Turkey by a few days’ travel in trucks, but the State Department had refrained from publicising the news of the offer due to Jewish (Zionist) pressure. (R’ Avigdor Miller, Awake My Glory, #759) 

We know from Zionist lobbying efforts to thwart immigration from anti-Semitic countries like Russia to any place but the State of Israel (90% of Russian Jews wanted to go to America but the Israeli government and its lobbyists interfered) that Zionism is not concerned with Jewish life. We know from the abortion policies in the State of Israel that Zionism is not concerned with Jewish life. It's primary concern is rebellion against Hashem.

There are people out there who really don't care about Jewish life at all. They care about their personal identification with a political entity such that loss of life that is tied into that in any way is what really matters. I say again, if you worship Hashem, you will love His people. If you worship the State, you will love its army, not the soldiers in the army who were shipped off in the '80s into that unnecessary occupation of Lebanon to become cannon fodder, not the soldiers who risk their lives protecting the fanatical settlers in Hebron, just the concept of an army. Ever wondered what Avodah Zarah looked like in the days of old? Just look around you. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Israel does not want peace

The former chief of Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad, Shabtai Shavit, has said that Israel does not want peace and that, if it had, it would have made peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA) long ago.
Shavit gave his remarks to Israeli daily Maariv, reiterating that if Israel wanted peace it would have discussed it in economic and infrastructure terms that serve the interests of both parties, Arab 48 reported yesterday....“We [Israel] are the strongest in the Middle East”, Shavit continued, adding that:
at this time no Arab coalition is likely to be formed that would endanger [Israel’s] existence like in the 1960s and 1970s.
Regarding the Oslo Accords of the mid-1990s – the last substantial attempt at peace negotiations – Shavit said that the Israeli right-wing has since painted this agreement as a “sin,” arguing that had they continued down this path, there could have been peace.
“This is not fantasy, because those who do not want peace succeeded in making large portions of the country believe that Oslo was the mother of all sins and the desire for peace is also a sin,” Shavit concluded.

Friday, June 21, 2019

although it tarry, wait for it

"The cloud represented the shepherd's crook, as it were, by means of which God, the Shepherd of Israel, made his will known to the people He was leading: where and when they were to pitch camp, and when and in what direction they were to journey forth. And we are told here that the will and purpose of His guidance seemed unpredictable indeed to those who were to be led by it. There were times when they had to stay in one place for a long period; at other times, they were allowed to remain at rest for a few days only.... Such was the training school of our wanderings through the wilderness in which we should have learned for all time to follow God's guidance with devotion and trust, no matter how incomprehensible it may seem so us, whether He command us to leave a place just when we have become attached to it, or to remain in a position we find most untoward.... However, on closer consideration of the narrative in Verses 17-22, describing the exercise with which God sought to train the people whom He seeks to guide for all time, it would see that the primary function of these exercises was not so much to subject the people to the stresses of prolonged wanderings as it was to teach them patience and endurance over long periods of rest.... It is clear then, that particular stress is placed on Israel's endurance and patience. This is all the more understandable if one considers the inhospitability of the wilderness, and particularly the fact that the people were fully aware that the wilderness did not represent the end of their wanderings. They knew that their destination lay not in the wilderness but elsewhere. Therefore every stop they made in the wilderness, particularly the stop preceding the fateful decree that ordained for them forty years of wandering, served only to keep them away from what they knew to be their final destination. Herein lay the exercise in that virtue of quite, serene resignation and trusting patience, which the nation guided by God was to need more than all else in its galuth wanderings through what the prophet calls "the wilderness of the nations," though so many centuries in the future ,and concerning the purpose which the prophet says so significantly "although it tarry, wait for it" (Habbakuk 2:3). 
Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, Bamidbar 19: 16-23.


In other words, don't force the end of exile. In the midbar Hashem moved us from place to place. Sometimes, we'd set up the mishkan only to be told to move it the day we erected it. The lesson is patience and obedience to Hashem's will. So too will Moshiach come, will redemption come, when Hashem decrees as we sit patiently, working on our mitzvos but not pushing the redemption. Our actions and thoughts should be directed towards improving our deeds. Zionism does the opposite. It neglects our deeds on focuses on politics. Slamming the USA with more political pressure that, according to President Truman, he had ever witnessed in his life, threatening Liberia with economic problems, threatening Indian leaders with assassination all of which was done by Zionists in 1947, as well as committing terrorism on the British rulers of the land is not sitting patiently, waiting for the redemption and working instead on our deeds.  I saw in Tel Aviv recently a plaque that boasted of a bank robbery committed by Zionist militia to get money to fund their activities. I don't have a smart phone so I couldn't take a picture. This plaque glamorized theft. Remember, thou shall not steal? The Zionists did the opposite of keeping the mitzvos and waiting for redemption. They dumped the mitzvos and staged a false redemption. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The lady in the bakery

Since I live in a Charedi neighborhood that borders one that isn't, I'm used to seeing those cursed phones, those bitul zman devices that are misnamed smart phones. While in chutzeh l'aretz the phones have made their way into some Charedi communities, in Eretz Yisroel they largely are shunned there. 

What's the problem with them? More than anything else, they become the focal point of people's lives. When you walk in the street, you have the opportunity to think about Hashem, to look at the blue sky and be awestruck with the wonder of Hashem's creation. You have the opportunity to think about your life, to contemplate mistakes, situations one mishandled. One needs to think about them and plan ways of doing teshuva. Maybe one can think about chesed and people who need it. Maybe one can contemplate an insight on Chumash.

The phones takeover our focus. The television does that at home. People used to sit around the fire and read, oftentimes reading the Bible. Now, they sit and demand to be entertained. Make me laugh we say. The funny bone has been so overstimulated that it needs more and more shock so that it can feel something. Every year the jokes get lower and lower. Secular Jews played the major role in creating television and crafting its laitzunus and immorality.

It used to be when you left the house, you left the TV behind. Now, we carry our TVs with us. That's the smart phone - the make you dumb phone.

These are rampant in the world today. I walk down the street, and I watch people with their phones, in the theirs cars, walking out of buildings. Phone, phone, phone. All day long. 

Are they in touch with family and friends? Don't be so in touch. You don't need to talk to people 50x a day. I'll text you when I'm in the neighborhood we say. I'll text you again when I'm a minute away. I'll text again when I'm downstairs. Why can't you just make an appointment?

We are supposed to check in with Hashem throughout the day. Most people today check their email and texts. 

And I'm not even getting into how dumb phones bring the whole gentile and sinning non-religious Jewish world into your life.

Sometimes I spy on people to see what they are doing on those phones. Usually it's texting, sometimes it's Facebook, sometimes it's watching videos, sometimes it's emails or Whatsapp. How often is it Torah? That is quite rare that I have ever observed. 

So when I stood in a Chasidic bakery the other day I was a little concerned as I saw the cashier with the short sheitel and pill-box hat with her head down, staring below the counter-top. Since I see people, particularly ladies, on their phones so much, I assumed and I worried: Here too? Oh no!

But when I put my bareikas on the scale I saw that she was reading Tehillim out of a book. Remember books?

Oh, I was so relieved. I felt such an Ahavas Yisroel.

And I thought, this is why Charedim cannot be in the military. The former defense minister A. Lieberman said he will not allow Israel to become an halachic state. "We are in favor of a Jewish state, we are against a halachic state," he said. "Israeli law cannot be Torah law," he said. He doesn't realize of course that the Jews became a people at Sinai when they received the halacha. 

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)

The Jewish Kehillah was a Kehillah already in the wilderness, and therein lies the unique character and the eternity of the community that is the Jewish people. Israel was a people and a community even before it was given political independence and a land of its own. That is why it was able to remain a people and a community also long after it had lost its land and independence and, in fact, had been completely absorbed into other political and national entities. For it is not a land and the independence derived from possessing a land of its own that makes Israel a people or a community. The element that welds Israel into one national entity is the Law of God, the mission assigned to the people of Israel by the Law they hold in common, a mission they must accomplish by united, concerted efforts. (Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch "The Kehillah," Collected Writings, Vol. VI, pp. 64-5)

There is no Jewish people without the halacha.

The Prime Minster, the man who claims to represent world Jewry, just said the same thing as the Defense Minister. "The State of Israel will not be a halachic state," he said. What a chillul Hashem! 

Tweet from the PM to which his son said "amen"

And then there's former military chief and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, “The State of Israel is a Jewish state, not a halakhic state."

The army is run by anti-religious and non-religious people like this. The sliver of the military that has any pretensions to religious activity is Dati Leumi. And that is like a different religion from Charedism.

Today, I ventured into the Dati Leumi part of town in order to go to the Post Office. It's the only post office and one has no choice in the matter. I passed a park that was full of Dati Leumi teenagers, upper teens like 17. I tried not to look but it seemed that every one of them wore skirts above the knee, well above the knee, and when the wind blew matters got even worse. This is a severe violation of the halacha according to all opinions. The boys wore jeans and t-shirts. You can always tell the ones who are in or have been in the military. The muscles pop from their shirts and their walk is aggressive and pretty much indistinguishable from the gavones (Italian street toughs) of Brooklyn, except that the gavones of Brooklyn have a little more rhythm and humor in their style. Here it's just pure aggression. 

Later on, I was in an entirely different part of town and I saw the same thing, high school women (they are not girls) hanging out at the bus stop with skirts inches above their knees. I had to walk literally into the street in order to keep them out of my field of vision. They wore short-sleeve shirts too.

Then in yet another part of town, I saw what one used to see on 7th Avenue in Manhattan years ago. It would be improper for me to describe it to you.

This seems to be the standard mode of dress for a large percentage of the Dati Leumi world. I don't know exactly what percentage but an informal estimate based on who is outside is that it's 50% of the young people. And that's in a town that has some kind of reputation for being Charedi. I don't want to know what it's like in Ra'anana or Tel Aviv.

Nearly every time I get on the bus in the Dati Leumi part of town, I see Dati Leumi women take the front seats when there is room in the back. Usually they are not so modestly dressed either. And a large percentage of the teenagers and those in their young twenties are often dressed like the females in the park.

Now, there seem to be Dati Leumi women in the back too so I don't mean to castigate everyone. And there are modest Dati Leumi women and teenagers as well. But this sitting in the front and taking up seats needed by the men does not happen in Charedi neighborhoods. 

Oftentimes, like today, there was one woman in a four seater, and another woman in the other four seater, the other three seats being empty. I stood along with another Charedi man. These women had no conception of either the separation of the sexes, derech eretz, or chesed. They think the Charedim invented the concept of separation of the sexes. Try reading the Midrash, Sefer Chassidim or the Rambam. Men and women are supposed to be separate. This is the Torah way. These people have no clue about this. I see this behavior all the time. I was tempted to say something to them but that technically is against Israeli law.

The Times of Israel is reporting that PM Netanyahu is working out a deal with United Torah Judaism where segregation of the sexes at public events will be allowed in certain cases. This means obviously not that the sinners in Tel Aviv are required to segregate but that the Charedim be allowed to do it. Yair Lapid  went into a tirade about this. “The fact that Bibi surrendered to the demands of United Torah Judaism to introduce a law on segregating men and women in public spaces is nothing short of madness,” he tweeted. “The man who has been speaking out against Iran for 20 years now wants to import it,” he continued in that shouting style of his. 

Is he mad? Does he really believe what he is saying? If Charedim are allowed to have separate seating at their public events, does that turn the State of Israel into Iran? Every year, Tel Aviv hosts its annual gay pride parade. It's one of the biggest in the world if not the biggest. 250,000 people attend. 

Tel Aviv, one of the most celebrated gay capitals in the world, is famous for its round the clock energy and extravagant nonstop parties. One of the biggest and hottest events, by far in the city is the ‘Gay Pride Week’ parties ending with the awesome Friday Pride Parade. (Tel Aviv Pride)


The Jerusalem gay pride parade - one for which the city hangs up rainbow flags - gets 30,000 people. The city will deploy 2,500 police officers to escort them on  the 18th anniversary of the parade this year. 

The State of Israel is one of the most sinful countries in the world!

And don't blame this on the liberals. 74% of Likud favors same sex marriage. 

500 people were asked, “In your opinion, should civil marriage/civil partnerships be available for same sex couples?”

Notably, 16% of hareidi – ultra-Orthodox respondents – answered said yes to the above question. 31% of haredim polled said that gay couples should be granted the same rights as heterosexual couples. However, 58% said gay couples should not be able to marry or register in any way.
Even though same sex marriage in Israel is technically legal, there is no authority to carry it out. Jewish Israelis marry through the Chief Rabbinate while Christians, Druze and Muslims marry through their own publicly funded religious systems. 

90% of secular Israelis were in support of same-sex marriage or civil unions, followed by traditional Jews (77%) and nearly half (46%) of national religious.
Across the political spectrum, the poll found that those in favor included 74% of Likud voters, 93% of Kulanu voters, 80% of Yisrael Beytenu voters, and 57% of Jewish Home voters. The opposition parties were largely in favor, with 89% of Yesh Atid, 95% of Meretz, and 98% of Zionist Union.

Only the ultra-Orthodox parties’ voters in the coalition were against same-sex unions, with 73% of Shas voters and 95% of United Torah Judaism voters responding negatively. (Breitbart)

90% of secular Israelis favor same sex marriage. 61% of Americans favor it. (Pew)  

And Lapid is worrying about the State of Israel turning into Iran! A person can get his head cut off for homosexuality in Iran or Saudi Arabia. In Israeli society, people confuse shouting with making sense. The louder you shout the more sense you must be making. That seems to be the operating assumption. Lapid specializes in it. So does Lieberman. So do most of the popular politicians in the State of Israel. 

The homosexual pride parade route and the rainbow flags

What Lapid is actually saying is that he opposes halacha for everyone. He doesn't even want Charedim to be allowed to keep it.

But the problem isn't only religion-haters like Lapid. In Beit Shemesh, there used to be a tznius sign in the Chassidic-Yerushalmi neighborhood of Ramat Beit. All it said was please be modest. For frum people that's like saying please keep Shabbos. Sometimes when I passed that sign (which was off the road and not that easy to see) I would straighten up a bit, button my jacket. I took it as encouragement. Thank you for the chizuk. I know I can do better. Maybe someday I'll dress as modestly as the Chassidic and Yerushalmi men.

So a group of Dati Leumi women reported on the sign makers to government authorities. I would expect that these woman are informers and have no chaelik in olam haba. There is a photo of the lead instigator on the web, but I can't show it to you because her skirt is hiked above her knees in the picture. But she is convinced that she is quite the tznius person. She says so in interviews. 

For years, a battle raged about the sign. The city tore it down. Good Jews put it back up. The government threatened imprisonment. Finally, Big Brother, i.e. the government, put up cameras and the sign appears to be down permanently. What an accomplishment. This group of Dati Leumi women weakened Torah observance in Eretz Yisroel. And if you go to the Beit Shemesh Facebook group you'll see scores of Dati Leumi people who cheered them on.

Photo: Alisa Coleman

Meanwhile, Monroe, NY has a modesty sign which the State of NY allows.

So in the USA, Charedim can put up a modesty sign. In the so-called Jewish state, they cannot.

In pondering this, I conclude that the State has replaced God for many of these people. The Jewish religion is built around Hashem. He is why we do everything. What Zionism has done is swapped out God and replaced it with a secular political entity. In the Dati Leumi world to a very large extent (maybe not everyone), religious activity is an adornment to worship of the state. Every society needs symbols, language, history, and literature. The secular Zionists didn't have any so they plucked tidbits from traditional Jewry, just enough to resemble a European state but those of the communist kind because even European countries have religious traditions, and the state's founders were anti-religious. The Mizrachi/Dati Leumi  plucked a little more and redirected religious feeling to the state. 

Flag crazy Dati Leumi synagogue - are they excited about Hashem or the state?
Flag crazy Dati Leumi school - are they excited about Hashem or the state?

People who love God could never be thrilled with a political experiment that caused the loss of life that the state caused - 25,000 Jews thus far, plus a million via abortion. People who love God could never be happy about a society where 4.5 million Jews violate Shabbos in the Holy Land every week!  I'm not saying I'm a tzadick and I'm not saying the Charedim are perfect either, but most appear to have some idea what they're supposed to be doing in life and try to behave themselves in public for the most part. When we see people who are frummer than we are we try to model them not hinder them. 

Where does your emunah stand? To the extent that you identify with the state, your emunah is lacking. That's how I see it. I'm not talking about hoping that the Jews in Eretz Yisroel stay safe and that the society functions. But if your heart goes pitter-patter when you see a flag, that is a heart beating for avodah zara. The flag represents secularity, it represents Jews without God or Torah. The founders of the state and designers of the flag were anti-religious. so says prominent Israeli Chiloni historian Benny Morris.

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. (Benny Morris on “A New Look at the 1948 Arab-Israeli War,” Wilson Center, 43:15)

Many Dati Leumi people like to pretend that was then but things have changed. Nothing has changed.  The leaders of the country are as anti-religious as ever. The flag still represents a state where the two most powerful people in the country - the Prime Minister and the (former) Defense Minister - declare that it will not be a halachic state! If you are excited about that state,  then you are like Esav in the womb getting excited when Rivka passed a house of idol worship. Yaakov became excited when she passed a house of study.

There is only room in the heart for one god. We all must choose.  
17And it was when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is this you, the one who brings trouble upon Israel?"
18And he said, "I have not brought trouble upon Israel, but you and your father's house, since you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and you went after the Baalim.
19And now, send and gather for me all of Israel to Mount Carmel, and the prophets of the Baal four hundred and fifty and the prophets of the Ashera four hundred who eat at Jezebel's table.
20And Ahab sent among all of the Children of Israel, and he gathered the prophets to Mount Carmel.
21And Elijah drew near to all the people and said, "Until when are you hopping between two ideas? If the Lord is God, go after Him, and if the Baal, go after him." And the people did not answer him a word.
22And Elijah spoke to the people, "I have remained a prophet to the Lord by myself, and the prophets of the Baal are four hundred and fifty men.
23And let them give us two bulls and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it up and place it on the wood, but fire they shall not put, and I will prepare one bull, and I will put it on the wood, and fire will I not place.
24And you will call in the name of your deity, and I will call in the name of the Lord, and it will be the God that will answer with fire, he is God." And all of the people answered and said, "The thing is good."
25And Elijah said to the prophets of the Baal, "Choose for yourselves the one bull and prepare it first since you are the majority, and call in the name of your deity, and fire place not."
26They took the bull that he gave them and prepared [it]. And they called in the name of the Baal from the morning until noon, saying, "O Baal, answer us!" But there was no voice and no answer, and they hopped on the altar that they had made.
27And it was at noon that Elijah scoffed at them, and he said, "Call with a loud voice, for he is a god. [Perhaps] he is talking or he is pursuing [enemies] or he is on a journey; perhaps he is sleeping and will awaken.
28And they called with a loud voice and gashed themselves as was their custom, with swords and lances, until blood gushed on them.
29And as the afternoon passed and they feined to prophesy until the time of the sacrifice of the [evening] offering, and there was no voice and no answer and no one was listening.
30And Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me," and all the people came near to him and he repaired the torn down altar of the Lord.
31Elijah took twelve stones, corresponding to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, "Israel shall be your name."
32He built the stones into an altar in the name of the Lord and he made a trench as great as would contain two se'ah of seed, around the altar.
33And he arranged the wood, and he cut up the bull and placed [it] upon the wood.
34And he said, "Fill me four pitchers of water and pour them on the burnt-offerings and on the wood." And he said, "Repeat it," and they repeated it. And he said, "Do it a third time," and they did it a third time.
35And the water went around the altar, and also the trench he filled with water.
36And it was when the evening sacrifice was offered that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant, and at Your word have I done all these things.
37Answer me, O Lord, answer me, and this people shall know that You are the Lord God, and You have turned their hearts backwards."
38And the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offerings and the wood and the stones and the earth, and the water which was in the trench it licked up.
39And all the people saw and fell on their faces, and they said, "The Lord is God, the Lord is God."
40Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of the Baal; let no one of them escape." And they seized them. Elijah took them down the brook Kishon and slew them there.
41And Elijah said to Ahab, "Go up, eat and drink, for now you will hear the rumbling sound of the rain.
42And Ahab went up to eat and drink. Elijah went up to the top of Mt. Carmel and crouched on the ground, and he put his head between his knees.
43And he said to his servant, "Please go up and look toward the sea." And he went up and looked, and he said, "There is nothing." And he said, "Go again" seven times.
44And it was on the seventh time, that he said, "There is a cloud as small as a man's palm, rising from the sea." And he said, "Go up, say to Ahab, "Hitch up [the horses to the chariot] and descend, lest the rain stop you."
45Meanwhile, the heavens grew dark with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain; and Ahab rode and went to Jezreel.
46And a spirit of strength from the Lord was with Elijah, and he girded his loins and ran before Ahab until coming to Jezreel.
  (1 Kings 18)

The Chassidic lady in the bakery reads Tehillim. Her heart is with Hashem.

And we need to protect her and her sons and daughters. As much as it pains me to talk so harshly of the Dati Leumi I have no choice when they are trying to destroy - Heaven forbid - the Charedi world. I'm not just talking about the tznius sign and I'm not just talking about the lack of modesty they bring into Charedi neighborhoods. I'm talking about the military draft that most of them demand for Charedim. As I write, there are two frum girls sitting in prison. In prison! Behind bars! As the Sentry reports:
A religious girl, Tehila bas Aliza, was just arrested and is currently sitting in jail, due to her refusal to join the military. She and her family are religious, and she keeps shabbos and kashrus. She is standing firm in her refusal not to join the military or civil service. A second girl, Shelley bas Aliza, a baalas Teshuva of a few years was coerced into the military. After a week in the army she was forced to go in immodest clothes. She escaped the army, was now arrested and is sitting in jail.
Where are the feminists now? Where are those self-righteous crusaders for the welfare of women when it comes to this? Oh a tzinus sign makes them crazy, but nice Jewish teenage girls sitting in prison doesn't seem to move them. 

I have explained this elsewhere but not nearly enough, the Israeli military was designed from the beginning to convert Jews into Israelis. It is not merely a defensive force. It is a brainwashing machine of heresy. Israelis don't mind because they are apikorsim. Maybe they are tinuk shi'nishba too but as R' Chaim Brisker said, "Nebach an apikoris is still an apikoris."

What if the military were designed around Satmar ideology and culture? Would it be fair to draft Chilonim into that? Would the Chilonim go so willingly? Would they wear their bekeshers with pride? Would they grow long payus because that's the uniform? You see how insane they get if the Charidim ask to have gender segregation at their own events. Just as Yair Lapid and Avigdor Lieberman are terrified (or so they say) of a halachic state being imposed on them, Charedim are terrified of a non-halachic state being imposed on them and there is nothing on earth more oppressive than the Israeli military. 

So to borrow a favorite phrase of Israelis, the Charedim have a right to defend themselves. And I wrote these words of condemnation on the Dati Leumi unhappily. I am friendly with many Dati Leumi people. In America, I knew many Modern Orthodox people. My feeling generally is you do with your life what you want and leave me to mine. In America, the Modern Orthodox are more on the defensive with regard to the Charedim. They are insecure around them. This is not the case in Israeli society. There, the Dati Leumi have the power as they cozy up with the heretical government. And they have mostly animosity toward the Charedim - much of it stemming from a kind of anti-semitism. I write about that elsewhere.

The purpose of life is to serve Hashem. As Rav Avigdor Miller said the world wasn’t created so that trillions of bacteria should
crawl over the surface of the soil. And it wasn’t made so that billions of human beings should live like bacteria and crawl around and live and die. The world was created so that the Am Yisroel should stand at Har Sinai and become the Am Hatorah - that was the purpose of the world! 

And the purpose of the Holy Land is to give Jews the ideal place to implement that Torah. But today there is a secular political entity called the State of Israel where the most significant leader of the last quarter of a century declares that the society will not be a Torah society. Eretz Yisroel was not created for such people. It was created for the lady in the bakery.

There are still a few people around that read Tehillim as they observe the commandments. Can we let them be? Can we let the lady in the bakery continue on with her life without the heretical government bearing down on her, Heaven forbid? What a delusional notion -- "the Jewish state." How could anybody call it that? What intellectually honest person could possibly look at it that way? The state that opposes halacha, the state that locks up nice teenage girls in prison. At present, the worst society on earth for faithful Jews is the Zionist state. If you wave that flag you support the anti-semitic persecutor of God's people. You are choosing the Baal. Wrong choice.

There is still time to switch paths, but not much time. PM Netanyahu just appointed the first openly homosexual cabinet minister - the minister of justice ironically. This is the PMs second major chillul Hashem in a week.

Once again, the Charedim didn't make up the rules. It's in the Bible. That Bible that the Zionists use to claim ownership of the land prohibits homosexuality. Those are the rules from up above. True justice demands that we follow them. 

There, I did it. I cited the Bible. And I had to gulp before doing so because the sheker is so thick today in the world and the pressure so intense to condone sin and to never speak against it. Global society has completely lost its way. And Israeli society is worse than most. If you wave that flag you are a party to its vast sins. The Ribbono Shel Olam is going to say 'enough' any day now. And all the American F-16s in the world are not going to save you.