15 of the Tenth Month 5772
No doubt, you have already heard about the in the Nachla'ot neighborhood in Jerusalem. If you want to learn more about it, you can read this post by A Mother In Israel.
In the meantime, I will focus on one of the implications, I have yet to see in the news.
What kind of backlash and sinath hinam (baseless hatred) will the Haredi community at large have to endure as a result of this mess?
If anyone had not noticed, the Israeli government is no friend of Torah oriented communities, unless, of course, there are gains in K'nesseth seats involved. Even Shimon Peres knows the right time to put on (and take off) a kippah.
While countless children suffer from the trauma of past events, I can only imagine certain government officials licking their lips at the opportunity presented to them to demonize Haredi across the board.
Enter the Erev Rav controlled government's front line soldiers, the social workers, specially trained to see illness in strict Torah observance, and mental instability in disloyalty to the State.
(*There are many good and decent social workers in Israel. I am speaking here in general terms.)
We have already had a taste of these social workers actions in neighborhoods, but mostly in Jewish communities within Yehudah, Shomron, & previously in Azza (Judea, Samaria, & Gaza).
Threats of removal from the home due to parent and sibling involvement in anti-government protests and (mostly) women leaving the Torah world and divorcing after receiving "counseling," are only two examples of their handiwork.
The government does not see any difference between trying to prevent an unnecessary autopsy or trying to prevent the relinquishing of Jewish lands.
News reports and editorials of how "sick" the insulation of Haredi communities is, and the need to break it down forcibly will appear, if they haven't already.
Soon after that, expect the Israeli controlled press, as well as the Christian-loving/Haredi & hard-core settler bashing, Jerusalem Post to talk about how primitive Haredim are
Attempts will be made to increase fear of Haredim among the modern orthodox and traditional Jews, as was done during the last Jerusalem mayoral elections. "Do you really want Jerusalem to become a Haredi city??" Praise will also be doled out to those whose approach to Torah observance is deemed by the government to be "normal."
I am definitely against the strict insulation of some communities. I believe that it is better to prepare our children for the reality of the outside world, and how to defend themselves from all of the anti-Jewish crap out there pushed on us as Jewish.
Nonetheless, I would also not welcome any intervention from the Israeli government, whose motivations are based on an anti-Torah agenda. Jews who fear HaShem more than the government and its minyons, and who hold to the Torah over any man-made laws are considered to be dangerous and uncontrollable by the likes of Shimon Peres (with or without a kippah) and his gang of snooty "we know better than you" maskilim (self-righteous, anti-religious intellectuals).
Imagine that. Haredim, as well as quite a few Torah Zionist Jews, are considered to be dangerous? Something to think about, but not too much. It might too late!
May The Holy One, Blessed Be He, heal all those children who have been abused, attacked, neglected, and otherwise hurt. May He bring helpful people into their lives, and keep away the bad ones.
May they also receive the support they need to meet the spiritual challenges they will one day, undoubtedly face.
May we all wake up, and learn, from this horrendous experience in Nachla'oth.
Monday, January 09, 2012
15 of the Tenth Month 5772