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In 1936-1939 British fought against an Arab revolt, losing 262 soldiers and killing 5000 arab idealistic soldiers and commanders, helping ensure Zionist victory in 1949.
BTW Don’t read the wikipedia article on it, as all wikipedia articles on anthing dealing with Israel, it’s hopelessly biased.
Serious question: what would you expect Rabbis to say, had they been given a microphone? To remind people about Hashem? Whoever believes, believes, and whoever doesn’t doesn’t. To call for more learning? People should be learning more always, what does that have to do with the situation? If you want to say that it is lack of learning that brought this calamity, what is your evidence? I’ve been to frum atzeiras for the matzav, and even the best speakers had nothing to say.
The only Rav who was able to convincingly connect current events to Torah was Rav Meir Kahane, and he is no longer with us.
All the speakers were boring, they were not there to provide any insights, but rather only to show support through an act of speaking. Ideally, there would be no speakers at all, we’d just all gather in the National Mall, chant ‘no ceasefire’ three times, daven mincha, and go home.November 12, 2023 9:33 pm at 9:33 pm in reply to: Why aren’t yeshiva’s and girl school’s going to the rally in Washington. #2238991
Can you name a war we won with only davening, and no hishtadlus?October 29, 2023 7:14 am at 7:14 am in reply to: More Torah being Learned than ever, yet more Troubles #2235113
Torah learning is only one of the mitzvas. The state of the Jews is a function of Jews’ overall dveikut to Hashem.
Yes, they spent the entire winter of 2021 telling Ukraine to commit to not joining NATO, or else. Ukraine never committed, and ended up sacrificing 200,000 men, and 20% of its territory.October 20, 2023 2:03 am at 2:03 am in reply to: Israel and Palestinians trade blame for hospital explosion #2233128
With regards to the “civilians” conversation,
We need to make a differentiation between Criminal Justice, and War. In Criminal Justice, especially Jewish Criminal Justice, you can only convict someone if you have certain proof that they committed a transgression. You need two witnesses, and a warning, and a minor can not be liable.
In War, your priority is to protect your people from attack, or to conquer an enemy. Even Western armies will kill a six year old child if he points a gun at the soldiers. In fact, Western inspired international law is much more lenient that we imagine, and most claims of “war crimes” are not. As Jews we must follow Jewish law in warfare, just like we follow Jewish law in eating, Jewish law in marriage, and Jewish law in civil disputes.October 18, 2023 9:18 pm at 9:18 pm in reply to: Israel and Palestinians trade blame for hospital explosion #2232802
I am tired of this “civilian” discourse. It implies that governments are separate from the people. It is the people in Gaza who kill us, the terrorist groups is just how they organize themselves. Hamas has overwhelming support. The six year old kid waiving a hamas flag and saying he wants to kill Jews, why should his life be more precious than a 24 year old waving a hamas flag and saying he wants to kill Jews?
An excellent question, lakewhut. It should be asked more often.
It looks like Israel’s goals in this war are shrinking with every day. While in the begining, they wanted to “Flatten Gaza”, the goals now are merely to rebuilt deterrence, and incapacitate Hamas’s military and administrative capabilities. If that sounds familiar to you, it should — these are the same goals that Israel set for itself at all previous engagements with Hamas. This shows that all talk about a change in “contzeptiya” and deep soul searching is empty — Israel is back at the same plate.
The reason Israel is regurgitating the same concepts that have shown themselves so impotent, is Israel has no other concept. Israel has to either 1) accept Arabs next to them, or 2) expel them, or 3) expel themselves. Expelling the Arabs, like Rabbi Kahane zt”l hy”d begged us to do for decades, will carry with it a stiff diplomatic penalty — Israel may find itself as isolated as North Korea, which will also be a victory for Iran. We just need to consider if that’s better than what happened two weeks ago.June 14, 2023 9:09 pm at 9:09 pm in reply to: The Unjust imprisonment and treatment of Jews imprisoned in Israel #2199820
> In one case a prisoner in custody was taken by the police to the bathroom and beaten there so it would not be on video surveillance.
Very common occurrence. Sometimes called “Tzevet”. They also put you in 7 day solitary right after, so that you can’t call your lawyer. When the 7 days pass, and you get out and do call him to come, the bruises are mostly gone so there is nothing to document.
To be fair, they do it to Arabs also, but 1) they shouldn’t do it to anyone, and 2) it’s still double standards because they are much quicker to do it to the Jews.
To quote a classic:
“,.-your punishment for having a knife when they searched you would be very different from the thief’s. For him to have a knife was mere misbehavior, tradition, he didn’t know any better. But for you to have one was “terrorism.'” The Gulag Archipelago -Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Anyway, I can write an entire book on mistreatment of prisoners by the Shabas. To reiterate, it’s significantly worse than you imagine.June 14, 2023 12:20 am at 12:20 am in reply to: The Unjust imprisonment and treatment of Jews imprisoned in Israel #2199538
Yserbius: because you are using only conjecture. I have personal experience with the system, and it’s significantly worse than you can imagine. Noone that didn’t go through it doesn’t know what it’s like.
For example, the prison uniforms are not made of shatnez, but the “Mashgiach” in the kitchen is another prisoner. Not only are these prisoners often careless about halacha, but also there is an obvious conflict of interest where the Mashgiach lives in fear of the institution he has to look over, and I saw one case where the Mashgiach found bugs in the rice, and told that it’s pasul, but there wasn’t enough to replace the afflicted rice, and the completely secular prison warden tried to force the Mashgiach to approve it nonetheless, and when the Mashgiach still refused, he was punished and placed in solitary confinement.
Most people can’t spend ten hours straight over a Gemara
First, “Elokeihem shel elu sone zima hu”. Meaning sexual based offenses are considered especially heinous, even if the word “toeva” is used for both.
Second, there are no “unscrupulous business practices” parades, no “unscrupulous business practice pride month”, and unscrupulous business people are not trying to turn the entire world “unscrupulous business practice.
In relation to previous point, it’s the difference between leteavon, and lehach’iis
the more indictments, the stronger my vote. We won’t let politicized, foreign-sponsored DAs influence our elections.
The problem is not the positive mitzvos, it’s the negative ones. Someone who is mehalel shabbos is haiv. Someone who is not mehallel Shabbos, is not Haiv even if his reasons for not doing it are stupid.April 17, 2023 7:49 am at 7:49 am in reply to: Mass shootings, and non mass shootings, must stop. #2181468
In this thread: religious Jews don’t understand civic responsibility, punishment proportionality, or government scepticism.
Hint: when the government goes bad, your gun is all you have.March 9, 2023 4:17 am at 4:17 am in reply to: Arkansas Gov. Sanders signs law loosening child labor protections #2172019
Many of my friends in Israel dropped out of school at age 13, started working construction, and by the time they are 25, they each have a small construction company, wife, several kids, own a home, and learn Torah every evening (mostly Likutei Moharan, but still). Some have even later completed school and gotten engineers degrees, or at the very least general contractor licenses.March 7, 2023 12:20 am at 12:20 am in reply to: Murdaugh Verdict – Circumstantial Evidence without Motive #2171671
This is going to be unpopular, but Harvey Weinstein’s California conviction is pure puff as well.
The American Justice system that we were sure was protecting us is no longer.
This is the first time I am hearing about Rabbi Weismann (a google search shows that he is a rav, if he is not, I apologize). I am only responding gufa to the article.
We should strive to emulate the naviim. For example, David HaMelech wrote songs to praise and thank Hashem, so should we. Now our songs will probably not be as good as the original David’s Tehillim, and they may or may not be remembered for generations, but that’s no reason not to try.
Good dvar torah. What is the problem? David was a navi and we are not? Shall we discard everything all our naviim have done, because we are not prophets?
“halacha is not unethical, but one can be an Orthodox Jew and a Shomer Torah UMitzvos while still being unethical”
1. If the Torah and Mitzvos don’t say that something is unethical, then who are you to say that it is?
2. Do you accept upon yourself Torah UMitzvos? Are you willing to hurt people, commit crime, and fraud when the Torah requires you?
I think that there is an intuitive code, called “derech eretz” which is “kodma latorah”. However the Torah supersedes any d.e. considerations, and informs us on what true d.e. really is. I.E. “tikkun olam” is not a reform invention, it’s mentioned in mishna, but chazal used it sparingly.
“Rabbi” Meir Kahane to you