Leil 19 of the Fifth Month 5765
Here is a video clip on yahoo about Efraim Hershkowits, who was recently placed on administrative detention. The video distorts the truth, as one would generally expect from the CBC.
A certain "Rabbi" Pupko made some pretty serious claims against Efraim, and on a TV station that would certainly be broadcasting to goyim. Hmm....
However, pay attention to the narrated Qedushath HaShem at the end: Efraim was given the choice to go to Canada, where he also holds citizenship, for a time or to sit in jail in Israel. He chose to sit in jail in Israel.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Leil 19 of the Fifth Month 5765
Thursday, August 18, 2005
13 of the Fifth Month 5765
A report came into today from someone who went down to Ofakim in the Negev to join a group which was to try to enter Azza.
When this group, led by a guide from the YeSh"A (Judea, Samaria, & Azza) Council, arrived at the Kissufim Junction, they stopped.
One of the group asked the guide why they didn't try to go on through. After all, there were only a few soldiers. The guide replied that they don't actually want o "stop" the disengagement (read: expulsion) plan, just protest it. No, they couldn't do that.
Because that would rip the country apart.
This is yet more evidence that the YeSh"A Council deserves the name Pesha (Crime) Council.
Their job is supposed to entail the encouragement of settling the Judea, Samaria, & Azza, not the dismantling of it. They are nothing more than power-hungry politicians, and nothing less than collaborators with the Israeli government.
Residents of YeSh"A need to wake up. This is by far not the first time that parts of YeSh"A have been sacrificed,...for who knows what.
And I am afraid, that unless they are exposed for who they really are, and stopped, it will not be the last time.
May God forbid.
Leil 13 of the Fifth Month 5765
Mamlachti: Hebrew for "of the state"
--from Re'uven Alkalai's Hebrew-English Dictionary
I grabbed a ride this afternoon from someone in the Shomron, on the way to work in Jerusalem. He drove me a small part of the way, before dropping me off and turning off the main road toward his destination. There I would wait for the next person to pick me up to take me through the next stage of my journey to work.
The driver mentioned that there was a pigu'ah (attack) near Shchem. He continued by saying that a mehabbel Yehudi (Jewish terrorist) entered the area and started shooting Arabs.
I took exception to the word mehabbel, and said it appears that he could be a gibor (hero).
To that he started to go off on how a Jew can't just go and start shooting at individual people who never did anything to him, especially when it involves ger toshav (non-Jewish resident). I was shocked, then realized with whom I was speaking,...a mamlachti Jew.
I suggested that if he wanted to say that this Jew did not have the right to make such a decision on his own...(anticipating the example of Pinhas ben Elazar haKohen)
He interrupted and said if Saudi Arabia went to war against us tomorrow, we should go out and kill them all....!
I asked myself, "So, what's the debate? Is he one of those Jews who actually thinks that there's a difference between Arabs?"
Throughout our interaction, he never once cited hallachah, nor anything related to Torah in the least. In fact, it seems that he did what many non-Orthodox "movements" do. He interpreted ideas, behavior, and events according to feelings, and not through [the often politically-incorrect, yet absolutely correct] Torah.
I did my best to provide him with a clear and concise response to his argument. I never once said anything new. I simply kept with the sources with which I was familiar.
After contending with his constant interruptions, I was finally able to provide him with the following argument:
1) I cited that when a people lays claim to Eress Yisrael, many posqim state that they have the din (status) of the 7 peoples who previously laid claim to the land. The people, in this case the Yishma'elim, are obligated to the punishment associated with this issue (Go look it up. It's not politically-correct.), NOT individuals such as leaders. Only those who publicly state that what their leadership is doing to the Jewish People is wrong, are exempt from punishment. In other words, his argument regarding innocent Arabs was flawed. But, I did not have all of the details of the incident, so how could I even begin form an opinion? My host said that he did have the details. Obviously, he did not, as the incident took place not in Shchem, but rather at the Shilo Industrial Park.
2) Ger toshav? Although there are various opinions regarding who, what, where, when, and how there can be legal, non-Jewish residents in Eress Yisrael, the Arabs, both muslim and christian, do not fulfill any of the set obligations set forth by the Ramba"m, Ra'ava"d, nor the Beth Yosef. (I won't go into detail here.)
My host did not allow me to finish. That did not matter, as we had reached my stop on the road. My words seemed to go in one ear and out the other anyway.
During the ride, I saw his wedding ring, glaring at me, yet another dvar mamlachti, and one of my personal pet peeves.*
(*For the sake of simplicity, for the time being, let's just set aside all North American men, and men who are new to Torah, with regard to this issue of wedding bands.)
I told him that one of the reasons I may want to leave Tapu'ah [eventually] is because of all the mamlachtim.
He didn't get it, of course. There just doesn't seem to be any talking to these people.
One of the reasons, amongst many, I left my previous town of three years was purely because of physical safety. Fifty Arabs, including those with orange (non-citizen) ID's, as if that matters, continue to come into this town on a daily basis. A defacto, mini-parking lot for workers can be found next to the town's entrance. It's filled with white & green (PA) tags, and orange (PA) taxis, as if that matters.
Just how much tochahah (rebuke) can I give?
I am expected to fight for Eress Yisrael, and help prevent another Azza-like expulsion. But am I expected to help people protect their homes, when they themselves are not interested in protecting their homes. These mamlachtim are just the type to get on the bus without resistance, just like those arrested in Azza yesterday got on the bus without resistance. I do not believe they were even handcuffed. They just went along with the Judea, Samaria, & Azza [YeSh"A] Council directives or the spirit there of.
The "religious" Judaism of mamlachtim seems to be based more on socialism than Torah. Yet, there undying loyalty to the state has an element of fascism to it.
As long these "religious" Jews continue to believe that there is actually room for discussion when deciding between whether to follow Torah Law or a corresponding, contradictory mandate of the Israeli Government, pieces of Eress Yisrael will continue to be stripped away from us,...with ease.
As long as these "religious" Jews yell over giving away land, yet "get on the bus" without resistance, and as long as they whisper or even ignore concerns over Shabbath desecration, selling pork sales, or sexual free-for-alls, this country has little hope for hanging on to any of its Jewishness, as long as these mamlachtim are allowed to remain in power in YeSh"A or involved in government in any way, shape, or form.
When I got out of the car of the mamlachti who gave me the ride this afternoon, I said HaShem yishmor otchem (May God watch over you). He said, "You, too."
I doubt he understood the full impact of my final words. If these people continue on their same numb path, then they will put themselves in serious, physical, not to mention spiritual, danger. They must wake up to the reality that even from a practical standpoint, allowing non-Torah ideas and powers that be to supercede Torah has never worked for the Jewish People, aside from the fact that it's wrong.
This kind of mentality has always gotten us into trouble,...and always will.
Friday, August 05, 2005
Erev Shabbath Qodesh Parshath Mas'ei/Rosh Hodesh of the Fifth Month 5765
"If you do not dispossess the inhabitants of the Land from before, those whom you allow to stay will be stingers in your eyes and thorns in your sides and harrass you in the Land in which you live."
Well, in case it's not as clear to you as it is to me, here is one example of many...
Three years ago, (9 Tammuz 5762/Junne 19, 2002) suicide bomber blew himself up at the French Hill hitchhiking area, killing seven Jews HY"D. Many others were injured.
I myself, escaping Baruch HaShem with little injury, hit by a mangled screw in my side (Read: "a thorn").
Amongst the remaining injured, another young man from was hit by the same in the eye (Read: "a stinger").
Now, do you have any questions??
Erev Shabbath Qodesh Parshath Mas'ei/Rosh Hodesh HaHamishi 5765
I wrote the following in response to an unfriendly e-mail directed toward the young soldier, Eden Natan-Zada hy"d, who was allegedly involved in a shooting incident in the northern Israeli town of Shfar'am.
Conflicting reports are still coming in...
I was debating as to whether to write this just yet, or to wait for more information. I doubt we will EVER know the true story.
I write this now, taking the risk that the Shabba"k (General Security Service) will choose to pick on me next.
What I DO know about Eden Natan-Zada hy"d is that he can only be described as a Ssadiq.
I knew him personally, and just saw him yesterday. He was a very sweet young man who cared deeply for Eress Yisrael, Am Yisrael, and all things holy. He was helpful to his neighbors and friends, and was involved with the renewed Jewish interest in shepherding.
Eden, we already know, was a target of the Shabba"k. Eden did not want to go into the army because he did not want to go into an army which destroys synagogues. He told me once that he saw the destruction of the synagogue on the Tapu'ah West hill, and it affected him greatly. After that he came to visit Tapu'ah where he was very well liked by those who knew him.
Something was not kosher in Shfar'am. I believe it is possible that at the very least the Arab police officers were passive participants in the "lynch," by not protecting Eden sufficiently. At the worst, I believe that he may have been set up by Shabba"k, or God only knows by what other evil forces.
He was NOT on drugs (unless they injected into him by others), and he was NOT insane and NOT a provocateur. However, if you sense Shabba"k involvement of some kind,...like maybe the situation was manipulated somehow? I wouldn't put it passed them.
I doubt his body will be released without making sure that the physical evidence matches what the Israeli government and Shabba"k want you to believe happened.
I'm in shock over this. Even though I did not know Eden so well, I will certainly miss him when my state of shock finally dissipates.
In the mean time, I cannot fully express my outrage at the leftist media for giving so much coverage to a Jew who may have killed some Yishma'elim (Arabs), yet would never even come close to providing even reasonable coverage when so-called Israeli Arabs kill Jews. It's like it's brushed under the table. How many times can the leftist, Israeli media get away with saying about Israeli Arabs killing Jews that it was an "isolated incident?"
I am also outraged by the so-called "right-wing" YeSh"A leaders who give their spin on such events for the sole purpose of protecting their own personal interests.
"Oh, Merciful One may avenge the spilled blood of your servants." (Mahzor Yom Kippur)
In anger and sadness....