Beyond the Cusp

February 17, 2016

The Israeli Political Class is the Problem

 

There is a malaise in Israel. The pale it casts darkens all horizons. There are those who claim they are Zionists; And those who claim they are Nationalist; And there are those hiding behind a title of Zionism and Union with the world. Let’s face it, if you are truly a Zionist, truly a Nationalist then you would hold to the dream, the dream of the great Zionist Nationalists who went before. The ones whose names precede the State of Israel; the ones whose names echo in the minds of those who have the flame within; the giants whose tombs we approached with reverential honor and a small amount of trepidation because we know those graves will ask us what we have done. What can we tell these giants who handed us a State, a Jewish and Zionist State which spread from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. They understand the land lost in the great first war where we were unable to regain Gaza and all of Judea and Samaria and even a small part of Benyamin but worst of all we lost half of Yerushalayim including the entirety of the Old City, the Temple Mount, the Mount of Olives, Mount Moriah, as well as Kever Yoseph, Kever Rachael and the Cave of Machpelah. We lost Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal which were the Mounts of blessings and curses respectively and the curses far outnumbered the blessings, a warning we should always heed. As it was written:

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 11:29:7
וְהָיָה, כִּי יְבִיאֲךָ יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-אַתָּה בָא-שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ–וְנָתַתָּה אֶת-הַבְּרָכָה עַל-הַר גְּרִזִים, וְאֶת-הַקְּלָלָה עַל-הַר עֵיבָל.
And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt set the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

Jericho, Bethlehem, Shechem (Nablus), Hevron, and all the lands, towns, cities which existed under Jordanian occupation from 1948-9 until liberated in June of 1967 in the Six Day War are returned to Eretz Yisroel and must be incorporated into the land in order that we may settle the lands of Eretz Yisroel. As the Jordanians had granted to those who desired citizenship, citizenship which it claimed to cancel after their losing the lands, proving these Arabs, who were no different than Jordanian Arabs, had no value to their brothers unless they were displacing, what even Jordanians would call, the accursed Jews, we can just feel the warmth. Those who were granted Jordanian citizenship should have immediately been given a simple choice; remain in Israel as alien Jordanian residents of Israel; request and work through an acclimation and absorption series of classes in Hebrew, Old Testament and Jewish traditions and practices; or take a generous offer for their lands and structures such as homes and businesses and cross the Allenby Bridge all the wealthier and then proceeded anywhere in the world but Israel. This would have settled the problems with the liberation of the remainders of Judea, Benyamin and Samaria and incorporated all of the lands within their natural borders of Israel. As far as the Waqf and the Temple Mount, they could have been granted jurisdiction over actual recognized Islamic structures while the different Christian sects would work out between themselves who was responsible and was the official caretaker of what parts of which Christian holy site, and the State of Israel would guard, clear, clean and allow universal prayer rights to all across the entirety of the Temple Mount not within a structure and thus under some governance.

 

No areas of now fully liberated and free Israel other than specific holy sites would be held and governed by some foreign entity, especially a terrorist group which is exactly that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is, just prettied up by renaming the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to Fatah and then allow an election to place them in charge of something called the Palestinian Authority (PA) and claim they are now a partner for peace. It is all a scheming lie thought out by the powers other than Israel in the rest of the world such as the United Nations, European Union and its predecessor the European Common Market, the United Nations, Soviet Union, United States, Britain, France, Germany and some individual people with more money than brains all decided that they were slowly but inexorably going to destroy Israel replacing it with an Arab State, not the Arab State but an Arab state as it would be the twenty-third Arab State because twenty-two are not sufficient so the one and only Jewish State must be erased from the earth and replaced with the twenty-third, or if Hamas makes one and Fatah makes one they would be the twenty-third and twenty-fourth Arab States. But that would not be fair to Islamic Jihad so perhaps they could have a twenty-fifth Arab State. And the twenty or so self-important families who have gained sufficient power and finances to demand their own fiefdom? We cannot slight them after all they have done to enslave Palestinians. Truth be told, whatever Arab entities are formed would all be dysfunctional requiring a constant stream of money in order to claim functionality. Thus the world would be demanded to continue the investment of billions of Dollars and Euros every year with it soon to rise to trillions except for one small item; once these entities have taken Israel out, the world will lose all interest and these entities will be on their own which would soon result in five to ten surges of refugees leaving these dysfunctional states seeking the comfort of the European Union and member state’s safety net to care for them as they plot the overthrow of whatever friendly bureaucracy was feeding them. One need remember that the sole thing these Arabs have been trained to do is throw rocks and claim themselves victim to any and all conspiracies happen to be popular, the one percenters at the bottom using the government to allow them to change places with the top one percent. Even if such were possible and the European Union actually did such a useless venture, the new top one percent would be the bottom one percent within three years and the previous top one percent would rise from the ashes as unto the phoenix reborn from the flames and depths of poverty right back to near if not in the top one percent. But the world would be left wanting, forever the poorer, if they destroy Israel.

 

 

Arab World Showing Twenty-One of Twenty-Two States with Comoros off the Map South of the Arabian Peninsula and Depicted in Bright Blue the Sole Jewish State with its Original Borders of Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea And That They Claim is the Excessive Demand of the Jews

Arab World Showing Twenty-One of Twenty-Two States
with Comoros off the Map South of the Arabian Peninsula
and Depicted in Bright Blue the Sole Jewish State with its
Original Borders of Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea
And That They Claim is the Excessive Demand of the Jews

 

 

Why would we claim the world would be lost without Israel? Well, that is an easy one. Should Israel disappear, as the powers that be appear to desire, then soon the world would lose the remnants of the Jewish race as with nowhere to run and find other Jews ready to defend the family, they would simply perish as their connection to Judaism, true and Torah observant Judaism, is barely tenable as it is and would be cut forever without a place to call home. The rising anti-Semitism is claiming that its roots are in Israel and the brashness and irreconcilable rejection of making peace and allowing the formation of another Arab state taken out of its lands, its hide so to speak. The British Mandate lands were supposed to be the Jewish State but the British made as a justification for stealing over three-quarters of the land that the Jews would never number sufficient population to require as much land as was set aside, as if there would never in any future be the possibility of Jews in numbers to require more than the lands left for them which are attempting to again steal pieces. Jordan ended up with the lion’s share of the land but there is no manner of way the world would have Jordan absorb these people whom they once granted citizenship and then rescinded it when the land was returned to Israel. People need to understand that on the morning that Israel became a nation, her borders included all the lands west of the Jordan River, all of Gaza, all of Judea, all of Benyamin and all of Samaria. Jordan and Egypt were the true occupiers, the real colonialists taking lands from an indigenous people. But now there has been invented a new indigenous people who have their claimed roots in Judea and Samaria called Palestinians. They never resided in Syria, Jordan, Egypt or had ancestry from the Arabian Peninsula, they have lived in the “West Bank” practicing Islam for nine-thousand years according to a statement made and then retracted from the PLO Facebook page. Never mind that they were not present in the years before 1850 and almost none were reported residing here in Mark Twain’s account of his travels in the Holy Lands, neither Jew nor Arab as the entire population was as sparse as the vegetation, look it up.

 

But that has changed, and boy has it changed. There are bustling cities with tall new buildings with their glass and steel gleaming from amongst a patina of the old which still remains and refuses to surrender its land but slowly the new replaces the old as if a correction bringing modernity to a land whose ancient roots run deep into the soil. There is a vibrancy and in the north between the rising metropolises there are farms and open grazing lands still used by shepherds and their flocks who follow ancient routes to their grazing areas doing so as they have for centuries thus knowing when to move saving the lands so it will refresh for the visit next year. The mixing of new and old is even evident in the farming as in some of the less arable lands the water is recycled constantly with nutrients carefully injected into full hillsides of hydroponics raising crops and produce year round. There are orchards of olive trees seemingly as old as the hills whose sides they cling to as if to claim their area and protect it from other plants soaking up sun and soil. There are even mixtures of peoples with some wearing the dress from centuries gone faded into the past in Europe and the rest of the Western World but preserved as so much is in this truly ancient land that is sprouting a new shape amongst the old. Israel reflects the culture in which start-up companies appear in numbers unmatched around the world and only exceeded by nations beyond comparison in size and populations. Yet there is a hesitancy amongst many who fear the world and what it might think or say. In a land where boldness exudes from every corner and people strike out to force their way into the world and high-tech is the buzzword as well as the byword for so many, but those are not the politicians. Even those who made their name in technology and innovation and have now turned to politics soon lose their formidable presence and soon become hesitant, troubled. They begin to doubt even themselves, or so it seems. The brash and strikingly bold politicians who rose and defended the land in deed and word and always with style that was proper but always gave a spark of hubris appear to have deserted Israel and been replaced with the crafty and calculating always guarding their against misstep and so carefully crafting their words that they too often nuance their meaning making it unintelligible. The glamour and wonder of your words lose effect if their meaning is not starkly defined and presented framed and complete. Israel has too little precious land and lives in the midst of a roiling cauldron with wars surrounding her and threats come even from within the Knesset itself where more than a handful of traitors do stir. They are the ones with the brash boldness from which too many wilt. When they scream and make a tempest, it is requisite upon every true Zionist to take the wind from their sails and use it to sound the ram’s horns and bring down their pedestals like we brought down the walls of Jericho.

 

Perhaps what we have are too many nationalists who can live with splitting off pieces of land arguing demographics to give this away today and Hashem knows what tomorrow. The Zionist knows the boundaries which were promised by Hashem and knows that the rest of the world is equally aware though they lie and steal ambuscading that which is known but all too seldom stood upon as the principle they are. We need more Zionists of the bravado and principle as those of ages past, those like Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Rabbi Meir Kahane or more recently Menachem Begin who was a fighter who also knew the value of an honest peace. None of these Zionists would have allowed the bringing into the lands the beating heart of terrorism and murderer of all Israel if given the slightest opportunity. There is no need for Israel to surrender even a single atom of our lands because the Europeans or the Americans say we must. We need only listen to what we know and from the words of Hashem revealed in Torah, everything else is noise and confusion. We have to deal in reality of our requirement which was spelled out for us three thousand years ago when we were instructed to go and settle the land. We were not told to go and parcel out the lands to those who would simply take what we gave them and use it to launch new wars and attacks on our people. We even tried that and Hashem has made clear what our mistakes have been, we surrendered lands which were not ours to gift as these lands belong to Hashem. They do not belong to the Ministers of the Knesset; they do not belong to the mediators such as John Kerry or previously Madeline Albright or Hillary Clinton or anybody walking the lands today, yesterday or tomorrow. Hashem made it very concise and clear, the land belongs to Hashem and we are to be the caretakers, which does not include giving it to those who will despoil the land and create abominations upon our specifically outlined duty to the land that Hashem portioned out for us to care over. Hashem did not say share the land, that was the group the “Guess Who.” We need to return to doing what is prescribed in Torah and in that pursuit we will be blessed and any deviation from that is an accursed act for which we will reap curses. Where have all the Zionists gone, certainly not into politics and we need such to sacrifice and walk into the dens of iniquity, the lions’ den and be assured that Hashem will walk with you.

 

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July 16, 2013

Tisha B’Av and the Third Temple in Jerusalem

Today is Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. Tisha B’Av is a day of remembrance of the First Temple and the Second Temple and the many times and actions against the Children of Israel throughout history from every corner of the Earth. In order to properly morn the losses and hardships, feel the pain of those generations and our brothers and sisters throughout some of the darkest of times in which a Jew could have lived, or merely to have survived and kept our faith despite the challenges, we fast and spend the day in prayer and read from the Book of Lamentations. We also project hope on this the saddest day of the year for a Jew. We hope that this will be the last Tisha B’Av because the Temple will be rebuilt and the Moshiach will have come and all suffering will have ended and the perfect age has at last come to be as a blessing. But this year not only do I have difficulty in projecting even the smallest glimmer of hope for the restoration of the Temple, I actually fear that the Temple could be built in this time when we, the Jewish People are not worthy to receive such an honor as we have yet to learn one of the lessons from the loss of one of our Holy Temples in Jerusalem and we also are not obeying some of the most basic laws of Torah which the L0rd our G0d expects from us.

The lack of Torah obedience is easy to see almost anywhere that you find Jewish communities. Many Jews walk around with their heads uncovered even though there is no threat to their health and being from wearing the Kippah honoring our covenant with G0d. Most Jews do not commit to their daily prayers, keep a kosher kitchen, or obey many of the six-hundred-thirteen commandments and too many cannot even keep the Ten Commandments, those commandments which really were written in stone. And the most disheartening lack shown by Jews is their resistance to outright refusal to fulfill the command to settle the Land of Israel, to take hold of and possess all of the lands which were the divine gift to our people. Not only do many refuse to do their part by returning to our homeland but some, even among those living within our blessed lands, actually work and use every weapon at hand to prevent those who wish to settle the lands, all the lands, from building their communities on any part of those lands. They must act to make all of Judea and Samaria and Benyamin with all of Jerusalem incorporated and an intricate part of Eretz Yisroel. But even this does not give me the most distress again this year.

Once again this year we find that the Jewish People are not yet worthy to receive or build the Third Temple. The reason we are not fit to build or receive the Third Temple is simply because we have yet to learn the lessons from the destruction of the first two Temples. We had the First Temple destroyed due to tossing our way and forgetting to do the commandments that are part of our obligations to our Divine Covenant. In simple words, we became a nation of sinners. The most egregious of our sins was falling into idolatry, the most heinous sin and insult of our L0rd through actions possible for a Jew to commit. It could be said that this sin still infects the Children of Israel in the form of those who show greater love and devotion to wealth, property, items, and what are simply the modern golden calves than they show appreciation, love, respect or obedience to the L0rd. But even this is something which can be rectified through a rededication of the Children of Israel. What about our other sin which caused the destruction of the Second Temple?

The destruction of the Second Temple was caused by the committing of the worst acts imaginable, we were guilty of Sinas Chinam, unfounded, spiteful, baseless hatreds of our fellow brothers and sisters. Holding those of the other tribes or even those from our own tribe up for spite, disparage, slander, and baseless accusations. For the hatred of ourselves we lost the Second Temple and faced the dispersion of our peoples to the far corners of the known world leading to two millennia of wandering lacking a permanent place to call home. It was during these two millennia when our brethren lived as if under the curse from Leviticus 26: 36-7 where it states, “I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will put them to flight. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will fall, even though no one is pursuing them. They will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. So you will not be able to stand before your enemies.” The most frightening reality is that today we suffer from this horrific sin of Sinas Chinam. It can be witnessed towards those who are settling all of the lands, it is found between the separate factions especially of late between some who claim to be the exemplary learners and studiers of Torah, and in more manners than one can easily count between many who remain in the Diaspora. We are infected with Sinas Chinam from every conceivable source, through politics, Torah observance, who and how one should contribute and serve for the nations of Israel’s defense, acceptance of the varied traditions resultant of living for two millennia of diaspora separation of communities, whether or not to return home to Israel, and even whether or not as Jews we should be supportive of Israel. Should the Temple be rebuilt today we would likely find that whatever construction was performed under the light of the day would come undone under the cover of the dark night for we are yet to be worthy and deserving of receiving the renewal of the Temple.

Again this Tisha B’Av we will continue to be filled with the pains of remorse and loss while we fast adding real hunger to our hunger for a better world where the Temple is rebuilt and the Moshiach has come ushering G0d’s rule on Earth as it is in Heaven. We can also take a small comfort in the fact that more of us have returned home and Israel herself is steadily becoming more Torah observant. There is hope in that the children of Israel are awakening to the truth that all of Judea and Samaria must be retained as part of Israel as it must not be any other way. Many Jews are waking to the necessity to take full possession over the Temple Mount and that it must once again hear the songs of Jewish prayers. And I am even hopeful that as Jews we are learning that though we may pronounce words differently, not all of us are fluent quite yet in Hebrew, and we are at the early stages of a rebirth within the family of Israel thus we are beginning to move in the correct direction and hope for the future is possible. Let us dedicate ourselves to making each future Tisha B’Av a little closer to that future Tisha B’Av where the final Temple is rising atop of Jerusalem like the crown of His Glory that it should be and that we will finally be worthy of such a gift.

Beyond the Cusp

September 14, 2012

Looking Ahead and Israel has a Bright Future Coming

Despite all that has appeared to go badly between the Iranian drive for nuclear weapons, ambivalent relations with the United States due to a misguided administration, a return to the old hatreds in Europe, and anti-settler decisions by an out of control Supreme Court and a Defense Minister acting as if he has gone rogue; the future for the country of Israel is looking brighter every day. The decision to rightfully return ownership and control of the Peace House in Hevron to its rightful Jewish owners is a first step that will be made complete should Defense Minister Ehud Barak finish the job by approving the return of the residents to their rightful place in Hevron within the walls of the Peace House. Should Barak refuse to do the honorable act and return these people to their homes, then there should be protesters silently and respectfully sitting outside the Prime Minister’s house and office and outside the Knesset twenty-four hours a day until either Barak is made to do the Kosher thing or he is finally made to pay for his defiance of some of the finest Israel has to offer who are completing Mitzvah by settling Eretz Yisroel. And lastly, on a real positive note, the uniting of the National Union and Jewish Home parties is a first step towards a unification of all who honor the commitment to settle all of our lands against any resistance or odds just as our forefathers did under Joshua until King David unified all of Eretz Yisroel.

Sure things may appear troubling and there are clouds gathering on the horizon, but when in the entire history of our people was this not the case? As long as we continue to move back towards living as we are intended to live with Torah as our guiding light, perhaps those dark clouds are simply the rain the L0rd promised would fall in their season awaiting just one more soul to return to Torah. Did not the Red Sea part once one member of our people having the faith to jump into the waters assured that they would part before him? (I always loved that story.) Today the settlers and those who support them are the ones jumping in with faith that the L0rd our G0d will protect them and bring them forth with a strong arm and a blinding light which will withdraw all obstacles from their path. Sure much of the world reports news about the problems with Israel, but there are the joys of Israel which are to be celebrated even in their obscurity to the rest of the world, what do they know of our joys. We have Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel getting the message out to the world, and maybe soon their voices will be heard in the Knesset, though I believe they serve Israel better as her emissaries of all that is beautiful and wondrous about the land and its people. The world just witnessed the largest ever in history completion of the studies of the Tractates of the Talmud. With such miracles, how can we not see the glorified future awaiting the next completion of Talmud study, may it be ever larger.

Even looking back in the more mundane there is hope. The next generation of leadership in the land of Israel will do wonders as they are full of light, life, and hope. They have vision of a future which cannot be contained and it is simply a matter of time until the reins of power are passed on to the next generation. Jews continue to make Aliyah and with the world heading further into the abyss and things being as they are, these numbers will only increase. One could say that there are forces which are driving all the Jews home to Israel. What a concept that would be, I swear I heard about such things from a very wise man in my youth. Finally, our fervent dream proclaimed at the end of so many of our prayers, Next year in Yerushalayim, is coming true. There are so many things I can envision and some which have been in my dreams that I dare not reveal too broadly, but I can tell you that those who wish us harm will be foiled and become troubled by their own efforts. The time is nearing when great things will begin to unfold and His will be finally realized and all promises delivered upon. Things are getting better and closer every single day.

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