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koldmamadaka – I must ditto HaKatan’s comment. Your original post seemed respectful and sounded like a good Jew who was just expressing his feelings of resentment for his son putting his life on the line for his fellow Jews while others (in your opinion) are not. That is why I sympathized with you and decided to reply with compassion and understanding.

Your later statement, “…relegating my son to the status of chovet etzim v’shoeiv mayim”, however, is REALLY offensive!

On top of that, you seem to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices that your son is making by putting his life on the line for his people, and yet you “seem” to have NO appreciation for the sacrifices that Bnei Torah make to preserve Torah and Mitzvot in Klal Yisrael (which TRUST US they do).

Furthermore, I think you need to understand that if not for the Chareidim there would be no Mizrachi Jews.

Every Hesder Yeshivah has its roots from Chareidi Gedolim!

Harav Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht, zt”l – Talmid of the Chazon Ish and the Brisker Rav.

HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook zt”l – Talmid of his father ztk”l.

HaRav Abraham Isaac Kook ztk”l – Talmid of the Netziv

Rav Haim Meir Drukman lhbc”l – Talmid of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook zt”l

Rav Yaakov Ariel – Talmid of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook zt”l

Rav Shlomo Avner – Talmid of HaRav Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook zt”l

Harav Yehuda Amital zt”l – HaRav Isser Zalman Meltzer zt”l


In short, your son is sacrificing 3 years to physically protect his people.

The Bnei Torah are sacrificing their entire life to protect the continuity of the Jewish people!!! Do you really think it is easy to live day by day not knowing how you are going to clothes your family, let alone feed them? o you really think it is easy to live day by day surviving with the barest of necessities? And why do we do this? Because we know that without Torah Study Yom V’Lilah Klal Yisrael is lost!!

???? ???? ???? ????? – You say this EVERY day! what does this mean to you?

You probably think what I am saying is a joke, so let me tell you a story. I once stayed in a town where many of the stores had names like, “Schwartz’s ****”, “Levi’s ****”, etc. This small community hardly had any visible Jews. A friend of mind that was living there (they were starting a Yeshiva there) noticed this and upon meeting an old Jew that lived most of his life there he inquired as what was going on. The old man told him that there used to be a vibrant Jewish community there, but because they did not have a Jewish Educational System there the Jews eventually got lost and assimilated!!!

Without the CONSTANT study of TORAH we are LOST!!!!!

The Greek understood this! The Roman’s understood this! The Spaniards understood this! The German’s understood this! The Russians understood this!

Are you telling me that YOU don’t understand this?