28 Adar Alef 5774
Erev Shabbat Kodesh
The so-called "settler station" - Arutz Sheva - continues to misreport details of the event called for yom rishon. Clearly, they have their own agenda, which has also been called into question in the past.
One of their latest article on the atzeret is titled Rabbi, Students: No Place for Zionists at Hareidi Rally . Here is an excerpt...
A group of students wrote a letter urging the rabbis not to attend, and even warning that they could come to harm due to strong anti-Zionist sentiment among those present.
First of all, what kind of chutzpah is this that Torah students are calling their rabbanim to account to them? If they don't trust their rabbis' judgment, what do they hope to learn from them? Second, I warned you this was coming. To the degree that this atzeret will bring unity to Klal Yisrael and advance the redemption process, this is the same degree to which the Other Side (SA) will try to thwart it. Don't look to the left or to the right. Keep your eyes focused straight ahead on the ultimate goal - the geulah shleimah. We are going to show Hashem that we are ready to follow Mashiach!
The letter, a copy of which reached Arutz Sheva, quoted several articles from hareidi news sources in which religious-Zionist rabbis were accused of spreading anti-Torah teachings, of “ruining everything,” and of being “wicked.”
The Erev Rav does not have a monopoly on any one group. That is why they are so dangerous to us. They are mixed among us and are to be found at every strata of our society. The one thing which serves to distinguish them, however, is their craving for power. Therefore, they are often in positions of leadership. The Vilna Gaon said that, at this point in history, "most of the rabbis would be from the Erev Rav." You can look for people on all sides to come against this event in a very strong manner. Look not to the naysayers, but to those who are promoting unity around the Holy Torah. It is forbidden to believe this lashon hara.
Continuing to quote from the article...
“Even if the purpose of the prayer rally Sunday were a good one – please don’t go, because of the danger posed by the herd which is incited by its leaders,” they wrote.
Apparently, they've learned nothing of mesirut nefesh in their yeshivas. It goes on...
Rabbi Ronsky: Zionists don't belong at anti-enlistment event
Rabbi Avichai Ronsky, the former Chief Rabbi of the IDF and head of the Itamar yeshiva, declared that religious-Zionist rabbis should avoid the rally for ideological reasons. Rabbi Ronsky is considered rabbinic advisor to Religious Affairs Minister MK Naftali Bennett and MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) who headed the Knesset draft law committee. The three had planned running for Knesset together on a separate list before joining the Jewish Home party.
“I really find it difficult to understand how there are rabbis, great Torah scholars, some of them my teachers, who are calling to participate [in the rally] and even plan to attend,” he said.
“Our moral understanding, our understanding of halakhah [Jewish law], is that men must enlist in the army. Even Torah scholars – maybe for a limited period of time, like in the hesder program… That’s our Jewish and moral understanding,” he declared.
'Rabbi' Ronsky seems to have conveniently forgotten that the Torah itself sets down criteria for exemption from military service, and this at a time when it was a pure and holy Jewish army led by Moshe Rabbeinu and Yehoshua Ben Nun!!
One of those reasons is "fear" on the part of the soldier. Would the "fear" of assimilation be considered legitimate? Anyway, the point is that a real Jewish army does not depend on quantity in any case, but on quality. (That's a lesson learned from Gideon's 300 men.) And, as it's already been pointed out, but certain factions refuse to acknowledge it, there are hundreds, if not thousands of chareidi recruits already serving!!
How are these unproven accusations any different from what the rabbi did who warned that a chareidi "might" murder Lapid? This fear-mongering and creating doubt and confusion by questioning the trustworthiness of our leaders' judgment is the exact same thing the ten evil spies did to keep us from realizing our goal of entering Eretz Yisrael in the Midbar and it resulted in catastrophe for every generation until this day!!
NOW IS THE TIME TO REPAIR THIS MISTAKE!!!
Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh tov!