Thursday, February 21, 2008

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Absurd Extremes

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

In Eretz Yisroel, in the Land of Israel, we find higher levels of kedushah, holiness, than outside of Israel. In the physical realm, we see this expressed in people striving for closer attachment to Hashem through the layering of meticulous observance of the mitzvot. Say what? We find multiple kosher supervision, items especially prepared with intention for the mitzvah, application of additional stringencies. And that's just the physical realms.

But, free will must reign. The Yetzer Hara, the evil inclination, exists in Eretz Yisroel as well. And, just as we find higher levels of kedushah, the Yetzer must be empowered with higher levels of tuma (impurity) to be able to offset the kedushah and provide man with choice.

Fortunately, through the kindness of HaKodesh Baruch Hu (the Holy One, Blessed Be He), Eretz Yisroel is not flooded with cesspools of depravity (yes it has such things to some extent). Rather, the opposite of kedushah here in Israel is a massive secular inclination. So massive that the purveyors of it go to such incredible extremes it's barely believable outside of Israel.

The extreme of the day is a current government minister and former Defense Minister announcing "Israel doesn't actually need any land, we can freely give it away, because land is no defense against missles. (Having more doesn't help, haven't less doesn't hurt.)" Or, in his literal words...

Former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, currently serving at Minister of Infrastructure in the Olmert government, addressed the Jerusalem Conference Wednesday morning, saying long-range missiles make retention of territory irrelevant for Israel.

“Syria today has the Shahab-3 missile,” Ben Eliezer said, “with a range of 1,250 km.” The Shahab-3 is an Iranian-produced missile that places all of the Jewish state within striking range. “The era of missiles makes territory less important than ever before,” Ben-Eliezer added.

Now, can anyone imagine any nation in the world saying "ahh, take our land, please!". Japan and Russia have been feuding over 3 tiny artic islands for over 75 years. Serbia is now screaming (and threatening) because Kosovo, a small territory filled with a people that desperately didn't want to be part of Serbia, announced their independence.

But Israel, she doesn't need land. Take the holy land, please! Can anyone imagine anything so absurd?

Yet here we see proof of the Yetzer at work. Only in Israel do we see government officials attempting to destroy their own land. (Some may try to bring examples of the US State Dept undermining positions of Republican administrations, but they're doing that with the best intention of a different policy that they believe is better for the US, whether true or not.)

Sometimes we learn of the positive through a negative. Here, when seeing the absurd lengths to which the violent secularists will go to deconstruct Israel, we learn of the holy potential of this holy land and how hard one must fight to avoid it if here.

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