Sunday, February 15, 2009


Oh Why Do They Hate Us So?

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

...Our leaders say they don't want to fight but are forced to do so. They are willing to give up the Land of Israel, a gift and inheritance from HaKodesh Baruch Hu (the Holy One, Blessed Be He) for peace.

...Western leaders say it's a matter of poverty and restriction. All will be made better if Israel gives them a country and money and an economy and and and makes all wonderful and good for them. The man (Israel) is keeping them down, so what response do you expect?

But what do THEY say? Hashem is kind, when WE refuse to hear the truth, refuse to read the words of the Torah, refuse to value the GIFT of the Land of Israel, Hashem will remind us...
At an Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) conference at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), among others, Wagdi Ghuniem told the audience in Arabic:

“The Jews distort words from their meanings. . . . They killed the prophets and worshipped idols. . . . Allah says he who equips a warrior of Jihad is like the one who makes Jihad himself.”

Ghoneim then reminded the audience of the Jews’ “infidelity,” “stealth,” and “deceit,” and told the audience that the Israeli/Palestine conflict was fundamentally not a dispute over land, but over belief:

“Suppose the Jews said ‘Palestine you [Muslims] can take it.’ Would it then be ok? What would we tell them? No! . . . The problem is belief, it is not a problem of land.”

I had a bit of a heated discussion with a visitor this Shabbos. A (not so) young man from the US, son of a community rabbi, who is learning in Israel was complaining about Israel. The people are difficult to deal with, the culture is unpleasant, every store experience is a battle, customer service is unknown, the learning is not what he has expected, doing some outreach in Tel Aviv was an ugly experience. He Doesn't Like Israel.

I granted that some of his points may be valid, those some are just cultural difference that you learn and adapt to. However, I told him these were probably the same excuses used by the people of Bavel (Babylon) to avoid returning with Ezra HaSofer (Ezra the Scribe). Does he ignore the mitzvah of yishuv haaretz (settling the land) and the intimate connection between Torah, Mitzvot, and the Land of Israel? Would he not come to Israel during the geulah because aspects are uncomfortable to him???

He responded with a classic cop-out, "when Moshiach comes, it will all be fine, I'll come then."

I asked him if he ever heard a rebbe or rosh yeshiva insulting Eretz Yisroel? I wondered if he davens (prays) towards Israel and Jerusalem, if he says Shema that promised the rains IN ISRAEL in their time, if he says birkat hamazon which mentions Israel.

He said he was leaving, he couldn't stand Israelis and it was good for him in his home (US) state.

I appreciate, oh so very much, the difficulties to living in Israel and the cultural adjustments that have to be made. I understand the arguments that yishuv haaretz is or is not a mitzvah incumbent upon us right now. But those who intend to build a permanent edifice outside of Israel and spit upon the concept of the Land of Israel are doomed to have that edifice fall.

...And our enemies, which have suddenly out-of-nowhere woken up and started attacking us world-wide, will make sure of it.

Photo from Israel the Beautiful Blog, "Machtesh Katan - Small Crater in the Negev"


  1. Not just being defensive:
    I think that Israeli customer service is just as good, if not better, than overseas service. It is a generalization. Some things in the States are better, and some things in the states 'suck'.

    I would have liked to know if your visitor was into NBA, NFL, and/or other professional sports.

    And then I'd like to wish that this guy does tshuva.

  2. The era of the "Aish" approach to waking up Jews one-on-one who are dis-connected from Eretz Yisrael may be over now that Rabbi Weinberg zt"l is no longer with us.

    I would even say that we are in a new phase of the Geula process. There is no more subtle negativity toward Jews in individual circumstances. The process has moved into massive demonstrations, outright blaring hatred and calls for death. The noise is getting louder.

    Hashem is telling us the time for teshuva is shortening. Maybe the scales have been tipped in Eretz Yisrael's favor, after the tremendous amount of emigration from America and France, and hopefully soon from England. Witness the storm and rain on election day.

    I believe a new approach needs to be shifted into emergency gear; perhaps one of confrontational heated argument. It is unrealistic that any Jew's 'pintele yid' would be so asleep! It needs to be vigorously shaken out of complacency!

    Those that still do not wake up may be at the 49th rung - again.

  3. Akiva, thank you so much for the link to the most beautiful pictures. A new blog to feast on.
    Thank you.

  4. The mashiach ben yosef is in the lands of the north where the geulah by mashiach ben yosef will begin kol hator the gra z'tzl .. the north is oviousely north america . Israel the medina is a false geulah because the religious are slaves / weaker then the erev rav who runs the medina . Mashiach ben yosef B"H will defeat esau / amalak soon B"B! When that happens geulah is here because the erev rav always looks to rome / esau for everything from money to ok's to f16 's /


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