25 Menachem Av 5781
This article caught my attention yesterday...
...On Thursday morning, a startling column appeared in Mishpacha, the most-read Haredi weekly. Penned by Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Haim Cohen, a longtime Shas man, it carried the blunt headline: “Religion and state: Is it time to separate?”Given the government’s new reforms, Cohen argued, and the resulting decline in Haredi control over religious standards, perhaps it’s time to consider dismantling the coercive state religious apparatus altogether....One Twitter user, Moshe Weisberg, an editor at the popular Behadrey Haredim website whose Twitter account has over 33,000 followers, shared the entire text and called the argument “interesting.”In other words, it wasn’t the usual run of liberalizing Haredi activists who have taken to discussing seriously the idea that religion and state should, for the first time, be separated in the State of Israel. It’s the mainstream.
My first thought was, oh yeah, the radical chilonim will love this. Give everything over to them without a fight! As if we were still living in chutz la'aretz, we should retreat into the ghetto and bar the gates. But, this is not chutz la'aretz. This is Eretz Yisrael! Our Holy God-given Land!! We were commanded by the Torah to conquer this land and not to allow evil and wicked people to desecrate it, the Torah or HKB"H's Name with all kinds of sins and aberrations and abominations. What good is all our Torah learning IF WE DO NOT PUT IT INTO PRACTICE?! IF WE FAIL TO OBEY ITS COMMANDMENTS?!
WAKE UP TO HOW PERVERTED THIS THOUGHT IS - OF GIVING UP ON EVERYTHING EXCEPT OUR OWN DALET AMOT!!!!!
If you, reading this right now, ever thought such an idea worthy of consideration - do teshuvah RIGHT NOW!!
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Then there was the pitiful story about the Israeli gymnast who won a gold medal "for Israel" at the Tokyo Olympics. All the media is waving the "civil marriage" flag over him since his mother complained that Israel is eager to accept his medal but won't even allow him to get married here. He has to stay shacked up with his girlfriend of three years since they would have to go abroad to get married, seeing as how he is NOT Jewish.
He just traveled halfway across the world to Japan. You mean in three years, he hasn't found an appropriate moment to sweep this girl up and marry her? And if they've been living together without benefit of marriage anyway, what's the gripe? Invite a few people, stand under a tree somewhere and pledge vows to each other. Then, throw a party. Why do you need the State's stamp of approval? I mean, there is a mechanism in place for that, but it's just so darn inconvenient. For a competition he can travel but to get married - just too difficult.
Maybe it's just the mother after all who is bothered. I always wonder about those people who are free to live anywhere else in the world and have no interest whatever in Torah and mitzvot, why they davka have to come here and insist we get with the rest of the world. The mother said they had a choice, but Israel seemed the better of the choices - even knowing about the difficulties her child might encounter with marriage, so...cry us no more tears, lady. Anyway, he's the new poster boy for the latest attack on Torah in the State of Israel. If Liberman manages to push this one through, too, maybe he'll give the guy another medal to celebrate.
Don't even get me started on Israel's participation in these Hellenistic Games!
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At first, these internal attacks on Jewish life seem overwhelming. It's clearly not enough for them that they have relegated Judaism to one of many religious options for all Israel's citizens. They want to water down Torah Judaism until what's called Orthodoxy is no more and only Reform will continue. They want to destroy Judaism altogether and that seems to them to be an acceptable way to do it - to do it and then be able to deny having done it.
Simultaneously with this, the "international community" has also been busy at work. If they have their way,... But, of course, they won't. That's the whole point of our talking about it. However, I might give you a full run-down in tomorrow's blog post, iy"H. Just so you'll understand how great will be our salvation when HKB"H intervenes for us. Just as He always has, as demonstrated in this video by Rabbi Anava about the downfall of the New World Order...
If you missed this shiur - "The fall of the new world order - Who will destroy the Cabal? Who will end up controlling the world?" - you have to see it! And if you saw it a year ago, you have to see it again!!
Hashem will raise up our righteous Mashiach to lead us, but we have to have our heads on straight. Our thoughts have to be in line with Hashem's thoughts as revealed to us in our Holy Torah. If you want to stand with Mashiach and not against him, purge your hearts and minds of every assimilationist idea that comes from Western culture. Accept the Torah all over again - wholeheartedly!!
There comes a time when a choice has to be made - the greatest choice any human being can make.