Monday, November 14, 2011

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The Seculars Strike Back

by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths

Free will is an amazing thing.  Everyone is given free will to turn towards Hashem or away from Hashem.  But how this manifests is different depending on country, culture and environment.

In the U.S. you could say you are free to ignore G-d or you might choose to pay attention to G-d.  (Almost) nobody gets upset because there is religion, and those involved can (G-d forbid) easily walk away if they wish.

In Israel it’s a different situation.  Signs supporting Torah dot the countryside and are woven into the history of the hills.  Miracles (explainable as natural events and surprising coincidences) are practically frequent and are barely hiding right around the corner.

But free will is empowered, it must always be a choice.  In Israel it’s hard to ignore G-d and His Torah.  So free will is empowered to forcefully turn one’s back on Torah.  To fight Torah, to HATE Torah…

(YWN) An urgent town hall meeting was held in the Israeli city of Herzliya (just north of Tel Aviv) by the Herzliya PTA, attended by Mayor Yael German, permitting participants to express their concerns surrounding the alarming trend, an increasing number of the city’s teens are returning to the fold, beginning to observe Torah and Mitzvos. Also present was the deputy mayor, Tova Rafael… Some of the parents lamented that their children have left their schools and homes to attend a religious yeshiva. A number of psychologists advised parents how to combat ‘the dangerous trend’ of becoming frum.

Nissin Maskil, who heads the city’s PTA, is concerned and calling on city agencies to act. He points out that at present, officials are simply ignoring the dangers, the meetings between different teens in the city, calling upon the education system to prevent meetings between religious and non-religious students.

I hear plenty of complaints about how the ultra-orthodox don’t often mix with or interact with their non-observant Jewish Israeli brethren.  Few of those complaining hear this other side, that a solid segment of those non-observant Jewish Israelis do not want that interaction, are willing to use official government facilities to prevent those interactions, actually HATE and FEAR such interactions.

This is a cultural aspect of Israel and a spiritual aspect of free will not to be ignored when discussing religious versus secular interactions in Israel.  It’s also a real world demonstration of spiritual principles in front of our faces.

16 comments:

Yonatan said...

Very sad that this is happening.

Anonymous said...

Very sad how most "baalei teshuva" are ignorant and stupid bigots and very different from the religious jews of old days. That's why people, secular and religious, do not want their children to become like that.

Anonymous said...

The venomous post above by "anonymous" speaks for itself... It's a live, perfect example of the irrational Torah hate Reb Akiva describes in his article.

For me, people like "anonymous" and all his buddies can move to Gaza and go embrace their fakestinian brethren, perhaps there they'll find the happiness, love and freedom they so much long for, and that Torah and the baalei teshuva preclude them from achieving.

It's sad and embarrasing !!

R. Halevy

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Akiva said...

Shiloh - a little too anti-Torah Judaism for my audience.

Anonymous - inappropriate content for a comment. If you'd like to submit a guest article on the topic, I'd be glad to consider posting it.

Anonymous said...

Rabbi akiva i greatly respect you number 1 , number 2 your right . Number 3 though i would like this to be a guest article with the spelling fixed or i will have to share the secrets of torah though other means . Let me make it clear this is an explosive issue which divides israel religious andd secular at very intense uncounciouys levels . Ive experience ruach hakodesh .this part isnt to be written !!!! rav kaduri told me i was a particular student of the arizl , baba sali baal shem tov rav kaduri shneerson rav karlbach have all visited me many times in dreams ! Im the 1 who visited the rav in naheria twice he now stands for everyone . I know this doesnt sound right me saying this but hashem has visited me sevral time in dreams yes i didnt see his face no man can see my face and live he had no face ! what he told me i cant say !

Anonymous said...

its happened im revealed the rest is up too eliyahu the prophet mashiach ben david the rebbe and Hashem !

Anonymous said...

maybe theyll see me as a crazy person the prophets are called mushugina ! maybe the rav in naharia will deny this ?

Anonymous said...

akiva i wish you had removed my posts but you didnt now my words are out ! im not claiming to be the messiah . the messiah only comes if israel is worthy if its not he dies . if death is meant for me like baba sali said may my death atone .

Shiloh said...

Akiva, you mean anti-rabbinical Judaism. I prefer pro Torah Judaism which will answer our whoe's. So sad. Have a great night..

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic, that so many young people are returning to the Torah that it has become a public issue.

Ken yirbu!

Anonymous said...

to anomymous 1 take your meds at bedtime your highly schitzophrenic . Weve had enough pychopaths in the frum community lately .

Menachem Lipkin said...

The reaction of these parents can, in part, be blamed on how many fundamentalist "Torah" Jews have turned Jewish observance into something coercive and vile.

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