The Plesner Committee announces it is simply carrying out its duty based on the decision of the High Court of Justice that invalidated the current Tal Law. A new law must be in place by the court-set deadline, August 1, 2012. This is the mission of the Plesner Committee, to set the guidelines that will govern how many avreichim may continue torah study and how many will be compelled to serve in the IDF or an approved national service.
What is certain from the onset is that the committee will arrive at its conclusion, the Knesset will legislate some form of new law, and the chareidim will continue learning as instructed to do by Gedolei Yisrael Shlita. What is also certain, albeit most unfortunately, is that any decision to compel avreichim to leave their beis medrash will be met with resistance, unprecedented resistance and total non-compliance. The timing is uncanny as we prepare to enter the Three Weeks; the so-called Jewish government of the State of Israel is devising a plan to empty the batei medrashim of the country as Israel faces unprecedented threats on several borders, from Iran, Hizbullah in the north, and Hamas in the south. Those who run the country brazenly believe in the “koach b’otzim yodi”, that the skills of IAF pilots and mesirus nefesh of infantry soldiers can get the job done without the cloak of protection provided by torah study.
One should commend the growing number of shomer shabbat soldiers and officers in the IDF, those who cling to their beliefs of defending the Jewish Homeland as torah-observant Jews, those who do not study fulltime, while their partners in defense occupy the benches of a beis medrash to give the added push, to provide the umbrella of protection that has protected the Jewish People throughout the millennia for without the latter chas v’sholom our future is bleak.
Instead of focusing on achdus as the Three Weeks is ushered in we will be highlighting the chasm that divides, and in essence, the dispute does not surround dati leumi or chareidi, but the commitment to Hellenism, Herzl’s vision of a state, a secular state which happens to have Hebrew as its national language. The battle is not about glatt or rabbanut, but about kosher and treif!
The Knesset brilliantly pits the kippa sruga against the black yarmulke, distracting us all from the real enemy, those wishing to strip Eretz Yisrael of all its kedusha, those who bring hundreds of thousands of Russian goyim to dilute the demographic realities of the growing frum populations.
Our rulers are truly panicked but not because of Iran or Hamas but by the demographic realities, that the “settlers” and the chareidim” will soon be the ruling majority and while these two communities do not always see eye-to-eye, there is agreement that torah, as interpreted by the respective rabbonim reigns supreme and the erev rav that has run the modern state is vanishing to the ranks of assimilation and the Diaspora.
The decedents of Herzl have long left the Holy Land, opting to enjoy the fleshpots of a goyish lifestyle while frum Jews of all walks of life understand the mission and the zchus associated with living in and fighting for Eretz Yisrael. Ben-Gurion granted the deferment for several hundred avreichim to continue learning, and many debate what his position would be today as there are tens of thousands but for the rabbonim shlita, this too is irrelevant since the matter has been decided by gedolei yisrael shlita.
While the chareidim cling to learning and fulltime torah study, the dati leumi are to be commended for the understanding of the sanctity of the land. Young couples that marry are willingly forgo the comforts of an apartment and tangible physical possessions, preferring to live in a caravan home to settle the land, to distance Yishmael from the holy land by creating facts on the ground. There are also those who settle areas of Yerushalayim that have been occupied by Arabs for too long, areas including Shimon HaTzaddik and Maale Zeitim, who endure daily hardships as a result of their hostile surroundings, all in the name of redeeming the land.
If only these two camps could unite, the Plesner Committee would truly remain powerless. Instead, they permit the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy that was seen in 2005, when the brilliant military strategist Ariel Sharon did just that. It began with delegitimizing and then by dividing. Who knows, perhaps if a half million chareidim protested then, Gush Katif would still stand today. Who knows?
What is certain is that if the two camps unite today there will be sufficient numbers entering the IDF and the batei medrashim will be full as well, and this formula is one that can bring success, but instead, we are permitting the erev rav to divide and conquer once again. If shabbat observant residents of Eretz Yisrael unite, the others will fall by the wayside, Jews and Arabs alike. Our division is what fuels their anti-torah battle. Simple as that!
For Barak, Bibi, Peres and others, enjoy your last days in power for future has been sealed by those who betrayed Eretz Yisrael and HKBH. History will judge you for who you are, opting to turn your prayers to the White House and not the Kosel, the international community and not Gedolei Yisrael. History will remember those who sought a Nobel Prize at the expense of Eretz HaKodesh and its inhabitants. Those who accept a Medal of Freedom as Jonathan Pollard languishes in prison. What a Chilul Hashem!
This is the lesson of the Three Weeks, achdus among the torah-observant community, to unite against the erev rav, and perhaps this is the lesson the Plesner Committee will teach us.
Baruch Rosenblatt, Israel
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