20.7.08

Haveil Havalim

B"H

Haveil Havalim is up at http://esseragaroth.blogspot.com/2008/07/haveil-havalim-174.html

Please help get the word out by posting about it, with the above link.

For those of you fasting, have an easy fast.

18.7.08

Parshat Pinchas

B"H

Quickly: this is another parshah that warns us against democracy. We are shown, here again, how Jewish leadership is supposed to be installed. Hashem said to Moses "Take to yourself Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom there is spirit, and lean your hand upon him." (Num. 27:18) Nowhere Hashem tells us "Elect yourselves a knesset that will sit in the morning and will sit in the evening and will give you the laws of the land". Instead, we are told: "You shall return and listen to the voice of Hashem, and perform all his commandments that I command you today" (Deut. 30:8). "All his commandments", that is including the mitzvot that relate to how to conduct our national affairs in Eretz Israel. The Rambam says in Hilchot Melachim 1:1 "Three mitzvot were commanded to Israel on their entering the Land: to appoint a king, as it says "You must appoint a king" (Deut. 17:15), to annihilate Amalek's descendants.. and to build the Temple.

Are we doing any of these things?

Shabat shalom indeed!

16.7.08

To Eidelberg

B"H

What matters for Jewish survival and national well being Professor, is not the ins and outs of the democratic parliamentary system (which you are an expert of), but the degree of adherence to Jewish values and law (halacha) of which you largely choose to remain silent. "Tsuva" exists on two different levels, individual and national. The later is ignored by most. When you'll realize that Jews in Eretz Israel do have national mitzvot to follow and they are ignoring them, that we shouldn't have a knesset in the first place, perhaps you'll start to grab the magnitude of the "reoldal" we need and indeed will call for institutional discontinuity, i.e. "revolution" rather than democratic reforms [of the existing evil Hellenistic system].

15.7.08

On approving giving Kuntar to the terrorists

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3567901,00.html Talkback # 15

B"H

Uri Misgav is not Haim Misgav. The second is a wise Jew. This author is not. He lists a series of false propaganda elements and I wonder how can he or his editors aspect anyone to believe him. The first point he raises is that Kuntar is no longer a terrorist threat, after such a long jail term. False! The fact is that we don't, we can't know for sure. At best. There were reports saying that he will return to active terrorism, to killing Jews. At worst. Then Uri Misgav who is not Haim suggests that giving Kuntar to the terrorists will satisfy their hunger for Jewish blood. False! This has never happened before and won't happen now. Giving terrorists anything, including land, conveys just one single message spelled out in big block letters: the Jews are weak. And this message is deadly. We'll see this G-d forbid in the coming weeks and months. The symbolism of this case is devastating. But what hits harder than anything is the lack of Jewish vision: we are not supposed to pay unproportional rensoms. And the word "unproportional" here stands for: life.

If we were a Jewish State this deal wouldn't have gone through

B"H

If we were a Jewish State this deal wouldn't have gone through

See http://www.torahmitzion.org/eng/resources/showLaw.asp?id=435

“We do not redeem captives for more than their value”

Jewish communities throughout history would often spend large sums of money to perform the Mitzvah of Pidyon Shevuyim. This practice led to the concern that kidnappers would exploit this willingness to pay by demanding exorbitant amounts for the release of captives, such that the importance of this great Mitzvah would be diminished with the loss of other important values. Already in the SecondTempleperiod, therefore, the Rabbis made a seemingly cruel enactment that“We do not redeem captives for more than their value.” Their “value” is determined by the price that the captive would fetch in the marketplace if he were to be sold as a slave; or it would follow the standard ransom for non-Jewish captives. Kidnappers demanding significantly above the going rate should not find a partner with whom to do business in the Jewish quarter.
The reason for this restriction is a matter of dispute in the Talmud(Gittin 45a). Some say it is meant to avert the impoverishment of the Jewish community at the hands of greedy kidnappers(the economic consideration); others say that if exorbitant ransoms are paid, it will provide an incentive for more kidnapping(the security consideration). Rashi explains that the practical difference between these two reasons would be a case in which ample funds are available to meet the captors’ demands(e.g. the individual, his relative or a private benefactor can pay off the ransom): here the economic consideration would not be relevant (as the public purse would be unaffected); however, the security consideration, viz. the problem of generating incentive,would still remain.
The Rambam (ibid. 8:12)(and the Shulchan Aruchin his footsteps) rulesaccording to the second opinion: “Captives are not redeemed for greater than their value… so that the enemies should not pursue them to take them captive.” It therefore follows that the ability of the individual or of the community to payfor the ransoming of captivesis of no consequence
Notwithstanding the above, it has been accepted practice throughout the centuries to redeem Jewish captives at almost any cost. As we shall see in detail in our next column, Halachic authorities havefound various justifications for leniency. In the event that the prisoner's life is at risk, or is subject to physical abuse, or religious coercion to renounce their Jewish faith, the rule of “not more than their value” has often beenwaived. Having said that, it goes without saying that each situation is different and has to be considered on its own merits.

10.7.08

A Japanese View of the Palestinians By Yashiko Sagamori

A Japanese View of the Palestinians
By Yashiko Sagamori

If you are so sure that "Palestine, the country, goes back through most of recorded history", I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine:
When was it founded and by whom?
What were its borders?
What was its capital?
What were its major cities?
What constituted the basis of its economy?
What was its form of government?
Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?
Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?
What was the language of the country of Palestine?
What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?
What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.
And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?
You are lamenting the "low sinking" of a "once proud" nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that "nation" proud and what was it so proud of?
And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call "Palestinians" are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over -- or thrown out of -- the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War?
I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day "Palestinians" to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won't work here.
The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it "the Palestinian people" and installed it in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the "West Bank" and Gaza, respectively?
The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so called "Palestinians" have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel, and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation" -- or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled.
In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East. Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as from the land of Israel and accepting Israel's ancient sovereignty over Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.
That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?

The losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization

4.7.08

We need a Torah State!

B"H

We need a Torah State! Comment # 11

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=32118121&postID=4699322630409923147


B"H

- MZ: "..yet we are few in number compared to all of world Jewry, maybe 5-10%, and that's why we are not yet ready or able as a people to actualize a truly Jewish State.

- ABY(B): This is a typically democratic concept and we know that Judaism, Torah or Halacha has nothing to do with the size of popular support of an idea. What matters is: truth.That's why we MUST act in a way that promotes the respect of ALL applicable mitzvot. The return of Jewish masses to Eretz Israel before the declaration and under the State of Israel does present a new fact on the ground and it is reasonable to accept and indeed pray for a Jewish spiritual and institutional renewal (that is a “reoldal”).In my view this precisely is the challenge of Judaism in our times. Will we as a nation be able to act on our Torah and refund the Jewish kingdom run by Torah institutions the Torah way or will we limit our national life to ape the Hellenist goyim? In other words, will we chose to live or to die? We are commanded to live and I hope we will chose to do so.

1.7.08

To cure Israel's ills

B"H

This is talkback # 10 on ISI LEIBLER's article "Candidly Speaking: Enough of political perfidy". Unfortunately the Jerusalem Post allows only short comments so that the full presentation of an idea is impossible there. Pity.


To cure Israel's ills or what you call horse trading between the coalition parties, what we need is not a new and improved electoral system as you and others like Prof. Eidelberg suggest, but INSTITUTIONAL DISCONTINUITY, also know as "revolution". Your recepy you see is good and it would work anywhere else in the world. But in Israel, it would not. Why? Because Israel is on Eretz Israel and here G-d have disposed a special plan for the Jewish people. Yes, [I'm talking about] the Torah. The Jewish people have been given free will and can either do what is required from them in the Torah. Or can ignore it.