If only the Orthodox to the Reform, all branches of Judaism, would understand that it is not religious devotion (re-turning lights on Shabbos, no driving, candle lighting).
No, it is the ultimate blend of peace through strength, the strength being both military and moral.
If only Jews and Rabbis had the smarts to see that the virtues of a newly married having a year of draft deferment, of not cutting down an enemy’s fruit trees, of leaving a field open in the sabbatical year, of the gleanings and the corners, of all the moral and categorical imperatives replete in Torah, none contravene that the Land of Israel was to have been from Mediterranean to Euphrates –
David & Solomon came close, but at their best, no cigar.
It is an amalgam of great strength and great morality. One without the other is worthless and an abomination both for the secular humanist left that scorns God and the Orthodox continuum that so values religious ideological purity that the Heaven of Third Temple and Messiah is their vision and so by not bending to reality and the Reagan 80% rule of fealty and devotion they always risk losing the brass ring as they alienate those who might have opened the door.
That’s an old story.
Through evil kings who were apostate, through political error and hubris many times backing the wrong horse, ignoring the prophets. With the Hasmoneans, throwing away the achievement of the Maccabees at least getting viable autonomy, the dynasty blended king and priest. It was a flagrant violation of basic principles of Hebraic jurisprudence, which led to an invited Rome to settle a dispute. That led to losing independence, indeed the very life of the nation and its Temple amid bloody extermination. Then came a Reform Jew, Jesus, who sought to make things right for an oppressed people. All that followed was not his fault. I think that the Pharisees got a bad rap… -without the philosophy and practice and service of the Pharisees, Judaism would have ceased to exist.
That’s another story.
So nearly two thousand years of exile and degradation … today in Israel it’s happening again.
From the establishment of the State in May 1948, 5 days Iyar, Israel was founded on quicksand.
If the prime ministers would have only from the beginning said to the world, US, UN, EU, everyone:
“Peace when the Moslem world Sunni and Shiite declare in Arabic by all Imams and Ayatollahs that Allah and the Prophet honor the creation of a Jewish Homeland. They have suffered and died for three thousand years and introduced monotheism into the world. So this truncated Mandate Territory is established as a Jewish state. This is what is acceptable by us.”
That should have been said. Then they could have adjusted minor questions of permanent boundaries but not before. Moreover, there should be no talk of “right of return.” If they really want that, there should then be talk of returning countless billions in reparations for the Jews expelled from the Arab world. Then they should talk about trillions in reparations for those ancient Hebrews who were enslaved two thousand plus years ago in Egypt (with compound interest, it’s maybe twenty trillion dollars more than the world’s national debt).
That time was in ‘48.
Instead the Socialist abandonment of the heart and essence of Torah and Talmud – the blend of strength and morality – was cast aside by Hebraic secular humanism and the desire for an end to persecution for all the major and minor holocausts Jews have historically endured have rotted the soul to its foundations.
The reform are under the delusion of running away from religion and the orthodox are running away from reality and wrapping themselves in Haredi unreality without unity means. Once again the Arabs know time is on their side and whether it’s Iran or Syria or Russia or plain Jewish civil war which all leads to the loss of will and Zionism and nationalism –
The people refuse to come to grips with what should be their destiny and the secular left and its Rabbis for Obama still mouth in secular humanist terms -death to Israel. In the mind of the Jewish left, how sick it is.
Vote Democrat and resurrect Hitler’s vision.
Reaganman – Contributor