15 March 2021

Our "Hishtadlut" Requires A Partnership With HKB"H, Not With The Nations Of The World

3 Nissan 5781

There was some back-and-forth in the comments earlier about whether it would be advantageous for Israelis to appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the matter of governmental overreach, specifically a violation of the Nuremburg Laws with regard to compulsory administration of an experimental vaccine.  Commenter "Stingray" had this to say about it...


I can understand the fear and frustration of those who have no desire to be coerced into taking these shots.  I also think that publicizing the issues broadly is a good start.  However, I am starting to hear calls from some Israeli's to file lawsuits with the notoriously anti-Israel, antisemitic, International Criminal Court.  The ICC has recently announced that they have opened a criminal investigation against Israel.

At this point they have absolutely zero jurisdiction, or even legitimacy to conduct such an investigation, much less rule on it.  However, if Israelis aggrieved at the vaccination campaign here in Israel file claims with the ICC, then by default they have granted the ICC legitimacy, and possibly even jurisdiction to impose an internationally binding resolution on Israel, even if the "court" appears to rule in favor of the plaintiffs.

We have a historical precedent from which to draw on when it comes to inviting our external enemies into our Land to settle our internal disputes.  I think we all know well the outcome of having invited Pompeii in 63 BCE to resolve the disputes between Hyrcanus and Aristobolus.  It resulted in the deaths of countless Jews, the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, and the exile and slavery of the survivors.

If action must be taken to delay the vax agenda to hopefully wake up more of the fence sitters, then by all means clog up the domestic courts with discrimination lawsuits.  Even if they are dismissed, they will generate publicity, and hopefully free a lot of people from the fear induced mental paralysis.  But I would caution against involving any foreign entity to intervene directly in Israeli domestic affairs.  We have way more than enough foreign influences as it is.
Stingray is right, but unfortunately, the damage has already been done:  Israeli anti-vaxxers submit ethics complaint to ICC - report.

It is no accident or coincidence that the treaty establishing the ICC is called The Rome Statute[See further here.]

A short time ago, I received an email advising of a "Worldwide Freedom Rally ... across 100 locations in 75 countries," including Israel.  The email encourages the recipients to "unite with people from all over the world" for the sake of "freedom, democracy and the future of our children."  What could be wrong with that?

We are bidden to be "kadosh."  A kadosh people does not "unite" in common cause with the gentiles (or Jews who act like gentiles) who otherwise have no regard or respect for the King and Master that we serve.  And considering the fact that I pray every single day that "democracy" will NOT be the future of my children or grandchildren, but the restored rule of the House of David and a qualified Sanhedrin, I can't find common ground on that score either.

In fact, I think that joining such an endeavor is a HUGE mistake

Hashem is surely testing us to see who is really with Him - not just 99.9%, but 100%!  If you put any trust in anything except HKB"H, you are not 100% depending on Him! 

When we are doing proper hishtadlut, we are in a partnership with HKB"H.  No "partnership" with gentiles or with anti-Torah Jewish elements will succeed.  True unity comes only from our shared attachment to the Torah and the God Who gave it.  

At each stage of these events, we are being tested and at each one, a few more people drop out of the running.  Only those who are at 100% are going to make it to the finish line.  

I fear that this is a repetition of the terrible sin that took place in Gan Eden and at the foot of Har Sinai, when both times, people failed to wait and took matters into their own handsAdam only had to wait for the first Shabbat; Klal Yisrael only had to wait for Moshe to come back down the mountain; and we - we are waiting for Moshe again, but this time we can't mess it up by setting any store by the Golden Calf!  Many Jews united with the Erev Rav around the Eigel Hazahav and it didn't help them at all.  There was nothing to gain and everything to lose!

Don't act from desperation or fear - that is a clear sign that it is the wrong move to make.  Trust HKB"H alone!!  Trust Him 100%!!  HE WON'T LET YOU DOWN!!  But, you have to pass the test!!!


It's one of the thirteen principles of our faith - that even though Mashiach seems delayed (like Moshe coming down from the mountain), we can't give up waiting for him.  He will surely come and deliver us from this current Mitzrayim!!!


  1. https://youtu.be/Cc2RPtAaPkc

  2. I think you have a great perspective in general, but I have to take issue with your extremely harsh words about those who will be protesting the tyranny on March 20.  This does not conflict in any way with putting one's trust completely in Hashem and waiting for Moshiach. 

    It's shocking to me that you would declare that anyone who attends this protest is some sort of failure who doesn't deserve to be redeemed.  How could you say such a thing?  It's the opposite extreme of the Erev Rav fake rabbis who condemn anyone who doesn't take the "vaccine". 

    I don't want to live in a democracy or any system other than a Torah state.  I am not protesting the lack of democracy per se (though it would certainly be preferable to an authoritarian state) but the godless tyrannical removal of basic human rights  The people in power are murdering millions of people in so many ways, destroying lives in so many ways.  We have an obligation to stand against it, and join with others on this most fundamental issue, while recognizing that only Hashem can save us. 

    God cares about all of humanity, not just the tiny percentage of Jews who get a perfect score on all your spiritual purity tests, and we are supposed to emulate this.  I accepted an invitation to speak at this event because it is a most appropriate hishtadlus, a great Kiddush Hashem, and an opportunity to give a bit of a Torah perspective to the entire world. 

    There are many good goyim on my email list who stand ready to be moser nefesh to save Jews from a future Holocaust.  I don't think you would argue that Jews in the last Holocaust should have rejected their assistance and died waiting for Moshiach to save them, and I wouldn't tell Jews to sit back and do the same today.  I also believe we have an obligation to try to save other people from a Holocaust as well. 

    I appreciate your posts, but I think you're really off the mark on this one. 

  3. As usual, thank you to Rabbi Weissman; you are absolutely right on all counts. This has nothing to do with lack of faith in the coming of Moshiach and our Emunah/Bitachon in HKB'Hu, but it is imperative that this new 'world tyranny' be stopped in its tracks. Jewish lives and all lives depend on it. How strange that we see it is the 'democracies' that are making this 180 degree turn to complete fascism! H' help us all! Maybe, by our showing H' that we are doing our part, HE will hasten the coming of Moshiach and so all Jews and the righteous of the nations will merit the ultimate coming Redemption very soon. Amen!

  4. Rabbi Weissman wrote: "It's shocking to me that you would declare that anyone who attends this protest is some sort of failure who doesn't deserve to be redeemed. How could you say such a thing? "

    I didn't. I wrote: "I think that joining such an endeavor is a HUGE mistake!"

    I base that on my personal judgment that those in the past who were lacking in faith did not survive the entire course of their redemption. Lot's wife left Sedom, but she did not make it to safety. The tribe of Ephraim who tried to leave Mitzrayim early, the four-fifths who didn't want to go at all, the ones who worshiped the Golden Calf, the ones who craved meat, the ones who followed Korach, the ones who believed the spies' report and refused to go into Eretz Yisrael. Even Moshe, Aharon and Miriam did not make it across the border to Eretz Yisrael - what I would imagine as a finish line - reaching the ultimate goal. I have no guarantee that I will make it. The Chesed l'Avraham says only 7000 Jews will be left. It's just my opinion, but I don't think it's going to be as all-inclusive as many people take comfort in imagining.

    Despite your criticism, which you entitled to, I will continue to maintain my opinion that Bnei Yisrael do not endear themselves to their Father in Heaven when they try to make commmon cause with His enemies, no matter how it is justified in their own minds.

    If that places me beyond the pale, so be it.

  5. Chananya, you are misreading what I've written. Once again, I wrote: "Hashem is surely testing us to see who is really with Him - not just 99.9%, but 100%!" Being 100% with Hashem - 100% TRUST IN HASHEM - does not equate to being 100% on a "purity test," which is also your phrase, not mine. Why are you trying to twist my words and their meaning???

    It seems to me that you have determined to take personal offense from this, but it is not meant to be personal to you. I can give you names and emails of credible people who can attest to the fact that this has been my position for many years. I'm just reiterating it now because the subject is apropos. I have no desire to try and convince anyone of anything against their will. You have your opinion and I have mine. I'm sorry that my opinion is so upsetting to you.

  6. Devash, old US air force saying; "If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target." The sifting continues......!

  7. I like to contribute a little. In perashah Shemot we can see the preconditions for a "kosher" protest. The shotrim went to protest in Paro's palace. BUT they protested not for their own tsarot. They was not tolerate the pain and suffering of their brothers . Additionally even if they stand in front of the rashah, they spoke and addressed Hashem , and they received his gezerah (go back to your avodah) as the answer from mouth of the Shecinah .For this reason they was angry with Moshe and Aaron, they thought mistakenly, that they stared their mission before the propper Divine designed time. For their righteous attitude they was reward from Hashem to elevate them as Judges and to receive part of Moshe's rouach. ( from the commentary of Rabbi Moshe David Vali alav haShalom) My question is : How many Jews will participate in a this protest, with the right frame of mind? If the request is for the restoration of democracy and human rights for a society drawn to a revolt against the blessed Creator and His Law, in stead of tikun will be kilkul.

  8. To Anonymous@12:26AM...

    Anon wrote: "Devash, why would you consider those people that are attending the event as G-Ds enemies?"

    Devash replies: Perhaps you are unaware, but the very vast majority of the planet is in outright rebellion against the Creator of the World right now. I've listened to many podcasts by the people reporting on these issues across the US and Europe and the consensus, as they express it, is that everyone must be free to live their lives as they determine for themselves. They chafe as much against the restrictions God's laws impose on them as they do the decrees of the NWO.

    "But even if so, isn't it the job of a Jew to proclaim the name of HaSHEM any and everywhere?"

    There are many ways to answer this question - too many to cover in this small space. But it's not a serious question anyway. Practically speaking, you tell me how you envision this coming about in this particular situation.

    "How will potentially future righteous people among the Jews and Goyim come to know the truth if we are considering ourselves an exclusive VIP club."

    Tell me, Mr. Anon, have you stopped beating your wife?

    This is what is called a loaded question. It assumes at the outset that you beat your wife. No matter which way you answer, you prove the assumption, even though it is most likely false.

    Your question falls into that category. It assumes someone in this discussion is "considering ourselves an exclusive VIP club." This question has no logical place here - as if a rally organized by the nations can serve as a massive missionary opportunity for the Jews owing only to their inclusion in the event.

    The rest follows that false assumption.