08 July 2012

Joe Settler on the Draft

Joe Settler wrote a thoughtful piece on "the draft issue" at the Muqata, "Chareidi Gush Katif"

However, I wrote the following comment, because this is not a simple matter, and the leftists are going crazy in their attempts to bring down the government and cause national mahem for all of us. They should keep to the betterment of life for ALL Israelis and not slip into "army-now, using peace-now tactics".

About the draft,

Maybe financial pressure on the Yeshivos would have an impact. The Yeshiva heads would then need to weed out those who are not serious or semi-serious, from the others. The govt. should not force them into the army, because they will not be able to discern the serious from the others. The Yeshivos need a particular set of rules.

Most of the 'learners' come to Eretz Yisrael to learn because of the special quality of life here that is conducive to "achieving in learning". I happen to believe this is really beneficial to the State and People of Israel. This group needs one particular set of rules.

However, those who are born here and intend to remain here, should show some HaKoras HaTov for being able to do so. Without the government and all that it gives to the Yeshiva system, they need to express their gratitude to HaShem for being able to do so. This group needs a different set of rules.

I believe that those who have attacked the police, called them Nazis, and have gone overboard about tznius and Shabbos desecration are actually showing HaShem that they don't appreciate and have gratitude to HIM for having the privilege of being here. They too are subject to all the halachos. And this group needs rehabilitation quickly, and maybe instead of jail, it's into the Army immediately. Put that zealousness to good use.

There is a crisis, but a 'one-answer' to all the problems won't work. There needs to be a several approaches to the several problems plaguing the Chareidi lifestyle. They are not one homogeneous clump; there are differing perspectives among them.

It seems this much too long Galus has done irreparable damage to many areas of our lives. All Jews are suffering in one way or another.

In my opinion this means HaShem needs to apply an historical solution. (b'Rachamim)

By the way, did anyone read Rabbi Brody's Lazer Beams on the Plesner Committee? And be sure to read the comments there also!

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