Well, Rosh Chodesh has started off with a bang. Someone torched a church in the Galil overnight and all the usual suspects and then some have raised their screeching voices. I'll let the headlines speak for themselves...
"The limestone Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, was constructed in the 1980s and is overseen by the Benedictine Order. It was built on the site of 4th and 5th century churches that commemorated what Christian faithful revere as Jesus's miraculous feeding of five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Hebrew graffiti denouncing the worship of idols had been found at the church, leading police and fire service investigators to suspect that the fire had been set deliberately. A police spokesperson said Thursday afternoon that 16 minors were taken in for investigation for potential involvement in the arson. They were later released with no charges."Condemnation of Church Arson Continues to Pour In
Rabbi Lau: Church Arson 'Completely At Odds' with Jewish Values
'Christian pilgrims reconsidering visits to Israel after suspected church arson'
Catholic Church demands action on 'price tag' attacks, prepares to campaign
Rabbi Eckstein: Church arson a result of xenophobia which increasingly dominates society
Event in honor of torched church to be held today at 4:00 p.m.
Hotovely condemns Thursday's arson attack on church in Galilee
So many comments condemn this "attack" as un-Jewish or even anti-Jewish, but what they are talking about is a galut Judaism where we are guests in someone else's home. In our home, we have a responsibility to HKB"H to keep it cleaned up and for the last 67 years, that hasn't happened. It's about time someone did something. Whoever did it may just have appeased the Almighty somewhat and may have averted some terrible decree.
"Therefore, with this shall Jacob's iniquity be atoned for, and this is all the fruit of removing his sin; by making all the altar stones like crushed chalkstones; asherim and sun-images shall not rise." (Isaiah 27:9)
Rashi: "Jacob's iniquity will be atoned for" - to merit to be redeemed; "asherim and sun images shall not rise" - So that they shall not retain their idolatry.