Saturday, December 27, 2008


Disproportionate Response

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

As I stepped out of shul late this morning for a bit of air, I heard an extended series of rolling BOOMs. Not being familiar with the sound of WAR, I paused and wondered what was it? Kind of like an earthquake, but no ground motion. Sort of like a sonic boom, but it just kept going.

I exited Shabbos to find the Israeli southern border battle escalated. What southern border battle you ask? For those who don't follow the news closely, southern Israeli towns, villages, and cities have been under ROCKET and MISSILE attack for the past 7 YEARS. In the past year southern Israel has been hit with 3,000 (!!!!) rockets or missiles. IN THE PAST WEEK, 200 (!!!!!!!).

The world once again hears the cry of DISPROPORTIONATE RESPONSE (whatever the heck that means). Dear World, you are absolutely correct! Israel has been hit 3,000 times in the past year and has hit back 100 times. Indeed, Israel has NOT been defending itself proportionately!

Perhaps that has begun to change.

Don't forget, dear World (though you will), Hamas chose NOT to renew the (not) truce. (Not truce? 3,000 attacks is NOT a truce even if the Israeli politicians were willing to pretend it was.) Hamas decided they couldn't tolerate ONLY making an average of 57 attacks a week (that's only [???] 8 per day), not enough Jews being killed, maimed, or terrorized.

The poor little crazed homicidal barbaric murderous killer is not the injured party here.

World, you will conveniently forget that. You will demand instant secession of hostilities (that never stop from the Arab side). You will demand Israel feed, cloth, keep the power, phone, and water on, deliver oil, gas, and all normal services of civilization while under constant bombardment and while the delivery people are attacked and killed.

There are only 3 possible explanations for this:

1. You buy into Palestinian propaganda much as you bought into Hitler's y"s propaganda. That ended really well last time, didn't it? (Really bad for the Jews, but Europe didn't exactly come out in good shape.)

2. You truly have fallen for the completely liberal super-civilized ideals of being kind to the enemy and it all being a misunderstanding that can be calmly worked out (and anyone who isn't doing so is the bad guy). If true, it will be interesting to watch you flounder dealing with a resurgent Russia and aggressive Muslim immigrant population. Somehow I don't think a strongly worded letter will be sufficient. If history has any lessons, you may want to read up on the fall of the Roman empire.

3. Esav hates Yaakov. In other words, anti-semitism. You truly do hate Israel for the fact that it's Jewish and are quite happy to undermine it.

Dear World, fortunately I don't trust in you. If one should pursue a thousand, and two - ten-thousand, or G-d forbid the reverse, can one fail to see the hand of the King of kings?

Trust in your chariots and horses, in your economies and politics.

We will trust in Hashem (G-d).


Devorah said...


Chaim Shalom said...

Go Akiva!
Right on man.

Anonymous said...

Let Gaza have many times have these pinheads been given an opportunity for peace and how many times have they refused and continued to fire rockets into more...all of them should be vaporised...palestinians are nothing but trouble makers

Myfanwy said...

Be safe.

Jehoshaphat said...

I trust God, but I am afraid that this operation is going to be just another half measure by our treasonous government needlessly killing Jew and Arab alike.
See my post on this.

Shiloh said...

Great article Akiva. I hope they do as the Torah states and cleanse the land of these animals. Unfortunatly, they wont and the outcome will be worse then when it started. We may be crying to haShem soon enough. G-d forbid we get that far. Shavua Tov.

browser said...

as long as criminaly insane traitorous gangster Olmert is PM nothing will change,
this traitorous swine is an enemy colaborator working with israel's enemies to hasten its destruction/
IDF if you want to make sure you will win this war in gaza,you must first get rid of this traitorous human garbage

Anonymous said...

Well said !

Suggestion to everyone:

Redemption Unfolding
[Rabbi Mandelbaum,
Feldheim Publ.]

I read in one shabbat!
gr8, must read !!

Anonymous said...

How many of these posters are writing from the Gaza area, one wonders.

Anonymous said...

thanks for quoting tehilim 20 eleh varechem v eleh hasusim vanachnu bshem H' elokenu nazkir.

Anonymous said...

well of course the "international community" it outraged. Peace loving people are aghast. But where was the international community when missiles and rockets were raining down on Sderot?!
They're outraged now, oh so terribly outraged, but they could have done something to stop this. They could peacefully protested the nonstop bombardment of Sderot. They could have written about it incessantly in the international press and on the blogs. The UN could have officially condemned the actions of Hamas . Groups such as: Peace Now, Move On, Not in our Name,Women in Black or whatever could have gathered in Gaza and with a non-violent unanimous voice cried "STOP THE ROCKETS AND MISSILES!!!!!!".
But of course they didn't do that. Why? Because they are not really for peace. They are just ON THE OTHER SIDE. So when their side kills or terrorizes it's "legitimate resistance" . When their side kills Jewish children it's "teh fault of teh zionnazis".
After all one man's terrorist is another man's "freedom fighter". They supported the Hamas rockets and missiles with their resounding silence.
And now they are speaking up.
Now they are so sad, over all the dead babies, all the dead children, did you hear? There are dead children?!!!!
Well I'm not going to say that dead children is a good thing. It's a horrible sad awful thing for babies to die.
So here's a novel suggestion to those who care about dead children-SPEAK UP AGAINST HAMAS NEXT TIME! Condemn Hamas and the other "freedom fighters" instead of cheering them on or remaining silent and apathetic to the 7 year terrorizing of Jewish children.
If you cannot do this then atleast have the decency not to call yourselves "pro-peace".

Anonymous said...

also Hamas is one letter different from Haman. I wonder how is Hamas spelled in Hebrew and is there any interesting gematrias on this.

Writing from Israel, Unlimited. said...

Why have there been Scuds, Katyushas, Grads raining down on Israel?

Why Intifadas?

Why crime?

Why corruption?

Why violence?



(Book of Leviticus)
Chapter 26

Ye shall make you no idols, neither shall ye rear you up a graven image, or a pillar, neither shall ye place any figured stone in your land, to bow down unto it; for I am HaShem your G-d.
Ye shall keep My sabbaths, and reverence My sanctuary: I am HaShem.
If ye walk in My statutes, and keep My commandments, and do them;
then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread until ye have enough, and dwell in your land safely.
And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and I will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
And I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you; and will establish My covenant with you.
And ye shall eat old store long kept, and ye shall bring forth the old from before the new.
And I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.
And I will walk among you, and will be your G-d, and ye shall be My people.
I am HaShem your G-d, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bars of your yoke, and made you go upright.

But if ye will not hearken unto Me, and will not do all these commandments;
and if ye shall reject My statutes, and if your soul abhor Mine ordinances, so that ye will not do all My commandments, but break My covenant;
I also will do this unto you: I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall make the eyes to fail, and the soul to languish; and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
And I will set My face against you, and ye shall be smitten before your enemies; they that hate you shall rule over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
And if ye will not yet for these things hearken unto Me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.
And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.
And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield her produce, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.
And if ye walk contrary unto Me, and will not hearken unto Me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
And I will send the beast of the field among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your ways shall become desolate.
And if in spite of these things ye will not be corrected unto Me, but will walk contrary unto Me;
then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins.
And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant; and ye shall be gathered together within your cities; and I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
When I break your staff of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver your bread again by weight; and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.
And if ye will not for all this hearken unto Me, but walk contrary unto Me;
then I will walk contrary unto you in fury; and I also will chastise you seven times for your sins.
And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-pillars, and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols; and My soul shall abhor you.
And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
And I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you; and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
Then shall the land be paid her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye are in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and repay her sabbaths.
As long as it lieth desolate it shall have rest; even the rest which it had not in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.
And as for them that are left of you, I will send a faintness into their heart in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a driven leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as one fleeth from the sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.
And they shall stumble one upon another, as it were before the sword, when none pursueth; and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.
And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their treachery which they committed against Me, and also that they have walked contrary unto Me.
I also will walk contrary unto them, and bring them into the land of their enemies; if then perchance their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then be paid the punishment of their iniquity;
then will I remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
For the land shall lie forsaken without them, and shall be paid her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them; and they shall be paid the punishment of their iniquity; because, even because they rejected Mine ordinances, and their soul abhorred My statutes.
And yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My covenant with them; for I am HaShem their G-d.
But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their G-d: I am HaShem.
These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which HaShem made between Him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

Anonymous said...

re: Writing from Israel Unlimited re: Vayikra #1 The god of the xtians is not the G-d of Avraham Isaac and Jacob-unless you believe that the G-d of Avraham Isaac and Jacob is an all male triune and the "son" part of that triune came to earth to save "us".
WE've put a lot of our "faith" in the republicans (xtians) and their money . I guess we didn't want to "anger" our only "friends" by clearly distinguishing between HAshem and the all male triple god that the xtians actually refer to as, "the G-d of Avraham Isaac and Jacob"!!!
No bad prophesy has to come true WE CAN make teshuvah.

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