05 November 2009

Asleep at the Wheel of Hashgacha Pratis!


"God said to Abram ... Go forth for yourself from your country”… “and from your birthplace” … “to the Land which I will show you” …”I shall make a great nation out of you” … “I shall bless those who bless you” … ”and all the families of the world will receive a blessing thanks to you.” (Bereshis, Parsha Lech Lecha)


“You are robbers, because you have siezed by force the lands of the seven nations” (Canaan) they could say to them, “The entire world belongs to the Holy One, Blessed Be He, He created it and gave it to whomever it was right in his eyes. Of His own will He gave it to them and of His own will He took it from them and gave it to us.” (Yalkut, Ex 12.2)


Are we Jews asleep at the wheel of hashgacha pratis!

The first Rashi in the Torah should speak to us loudly.
Rashi tells us what to say “when” and not “if” they call us robbers; Rashi tells us to ‘be NOT TIMID, be PROUD OF OUR YERUSHA, STAND UP AND ANNOUNCE TO THE WORLD THAT Eretz Yisrael is our God-given HOME.’
The Bible states Hashem gave it to us, now we have to EARN IT.

Now, the Nations of the World are in fact calling us “robbers,” the Nations of [36,025,880 million] Arabs are challenging our God-given yerusha of Eretz Yisrael.

Rashi gave us the text, now we must stand firm behind these words. The Muslim and non-Muslim world is waiting for our collective pronouncement by the State of Israel and by the People of Yisrael.

Arab unrest is dauntingly challenging our sovereignty over the Jewish Holiest place in the entire world, our Har Habayit, the Temple Mount and what the Holy Torah (Bible) says. Every non-Jew that has read the Old Testament of their Bible knows this to be true.

David Kirshenbaum wrote an excellent JPost op-ed (excerpts follow):

“The characterization of those who seek to change the status quo on the Temple Mount as "post-Zionists," "messianic followers" of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and
"Third Templars" is false. A number of synagogues in my hometown of Beit Shemesh schedule regular visits to the Temple Mount. The vast majority of the members of those synagogues are immigrants from Western countries. We yearn to pray on the Temple Mount and not be muzzled and followed every step of the way by the religious bigots of the Wakf.” [full article here.]

Why are Israeli citizens being deligitimized and called:

“Wild-eyed messianics? Cultists? After we come down from our visits to the Temple Mount, we can be found at our day jobs as doctors in this country's hospitals, university professors, educators at prominent religious institutions, participants in the country's thriving hi-tech industry and lawyers at the most prominent law firms and financial institutions. ...”

“SIMILARLY, EVEN the most cursory good faith check would expose the speciousness of the "post-Zionist" and "messianic" labels the Post uses to deride the many rabbinical figures who are advocating that Jews be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. “ …

Hashem gave us an inheritance. We need to earn it and keep it … to make a real Kiddush Hashem. But we have been in golus so long that our minds are incapable of realizing and believing and acting on this gift we were given and the fact that the Land was waiting for us and is now responding to our presence, to the developing and working the Land. One needs only read Eim Habanim Semeichah and understand what Rabbi Teichtal wrote as his gift to us from out of the Holocaust.

Gently we have been directed back to our Heritage. Pioneers returned to the Holy Land in the 19th Century to dig, plant and prepare. Then the world and UN was moved to legislate that Jews return to their Homeland. A movement rises to facilitate REsettlement and development of areas for future population. Shefa from Shomayim showered down to create incentive in the minds and hearts of many to sacrifice and dedicate their lives to REcreating a vibrant Homeland and Haven for all Jews.

Differing segments of Israeli society are grieved over many aspects of the early years in the blossoming of Eretz Yisrael. It wasn’t perfect and no it wasn’t without injustices. If you have not read this amazing book, please do: Eim HaBanim Semeichah*, on Eretz Yisrael, Redemption, and Unity by HaRav Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal zt”l [Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva in Pishtian] and can be found online
here. (*see intro below)

The Israeli Government formulated incentives and financial assistance to help make the transition less stressful because it is a mind-altering experience to live among our people again. Realizing a 2000 year yearning and simultaneous ‘conditioning’ which is a result of living in every country in the world EXCEPT your own Homeland, is not easily overcome. When Jews from each of these myriad countries with their social mores and various life experiences come together there is a vibrancy that requires much patience and understanding.

And today, we have Nefesh B’Nefesh that literally does the paperwork and swoops up Jews on the Wings of El Al and brings them to their ancient Homeland and their new home.

Cognitive dissonance is still wrapped around 80% of world Jewry, so much so that they turn against their heritage, their fellow Jews, their religion, and against Hashem. They are unfortunately in a deep dark sleep? Perhaps the same darkness that enveloped the 80% in Mitzrayim.

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*Eim Habanim Semeichah, written in 1943, is Rabbi Teichtal’s comprehensive treatise on Settlement in Eretz Yisrael, Messianic Redemption, and Jewish Unity. Rabbi Teichtal’s personal history lends significance to this work.

Born in 1885 to a respected Rabbinic family, Rabbi Teichtal studied under the tutelage of some of the noted scholars of his day and was recognized at an early age as a talmid chacham. He served as the Rabbi of Pishtian, Czechoslovakia where he established the Moriah Yeshiva. His opinion on halachic matters was sought by many throughout Europe, and his responsa were published in a three volume work entitled Mishneh Sachir. During his 20 years in Pishtian, Rabbi Teichtal became a recognized Rabbinic leader of the so-called “Ultra Orthodox” world and shared the prevalent anti-Zionist sentiments of that community.

After Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia, Rabbi Teichtal became active in relief activities in an effort to ease the plight of his community. When deportations began in 1942, he and his family went into hiding. At this point, Rabbi Teichtal came to the realization that the neglect of Eretz Yisrael had been a serious mistake. There, in the attic in which he was hiding, with virtually no books at his disposal, Rabbi Teichtal began the writing of Eim Habanim Semeichah, which he completed in one year. Unfortunately, Rabbi Teichtal did not survive the holocaust, dying Al Kiddush Hashem on a train on the way to the Mathausen concentration camp in January, 1945. His book, however, was deposited with a gentile family and retrieved by his daughter after the war. Thus his legacy and his teachings survived.

Eim Habanim Semeichah presents classical sources in support of the settlement of Eretz Yisrael and the unity of the Jewish people as necessary preconditions for the Messianic redemption. Rabbi Teichtal advocates the concept of natural redemption that had been posited 80 years earlier by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kalischer. He also finds merit in the settlement efforts of the non-religious chalutzim, although he exhorts them to adopt Torah observance. The settlement of Eretz Yisrael is, according to the author, the beginning of a process of repentance and unification that will result in the Messianic Era. Rabbi Teichtal acknowledges his previous rejection of active settlement of Eretz Yisrael and engages in a psychological analysis of the ongoing rejection of this idea in the Orthodox world in spite of the grave situation of the Jews of Europe.

Many of the sources and ideas in Eim Habanim Semeichah are as relevant today as they were when the book was written. It is an important contribution that this work has been made available to the English speaking public.

We only have to open our eyes and read some of the headlines:

Antisemitic ECJ Legal Ruling:
an advisor to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg by Advocate-General Yves Bot ruled [
here and here] that products manufactured in “settlements” and PA autonomous areas are not entitled to customs benefits … The items in question arrived in the Port of Hamburg, marked as “Israel” being the source of origin, but the ruling stated otherwise. While the goods received provisional customs benefits, pending an investigation into the origin, as is the practice with goods arriving from Israel, goods originating in the “West Bank”, Golan Heights, [previously Gaza] and the eastern capital are not are not viewed as originating in “Israel”.

The Israeli Sanhedrin chastises the UN. Arutz Sheva

Barak Presents his Master Plan for an Agreement with PA

Annexing Judea and Samaria the only viable road map to peace, stability ...

ARABS ACCELERATE CONSTRUCTION in Israel's Mountainous Heartland
here: Under pressure from the United States, Israel has been discussing and at least partially implementing a freeze on construction in Yehudah and Shomron (Judea and Samaria), its mountainous heartland. The PA Arab authority there, meanwhile, is doing the the opposite, gearing up for a building drive in areas designated as 'Area C' in the Oslo agreements – even though these areas are under Israeli security and administrative control. [ARABS OK TO BUILD: BUT JEWS ARE NOT TO BUILD. ARABS BELIEVE IT ALL BELONGS TO THEM:] PA Prime Minister Salam Fayad said that the PA does not see any difference between Areas A, B or C, and that it objects to the Israel claim that Area C is a disputed zone. “While Israel invades A Areas by military force, we invade C Areas through construction,” he explained.

Follow King David's Advice on Gaza:
“... Israel should follow King David's advice from the Eighteenth Psalm regarding Gaza: ‘I will chase my enemies and catch up to them and I shall not return until I annihilate them.’ The conflict will be decided on the political level,” Ben-Ari predicted. "In the end, the Arabs' pleas for a ceasefire will be heeded before we break the enemy's will to fight, just like our humiliating defeat in the Second Lebanon War and Resolution 1701."

More here:
Arab Manipulation of the Media

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