by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
Reasonableness has passed. The politicians and activists are going to make their point, regardless of the result! Organized by Facebook, web forums and blogs, 10,000 angry anti-religious will descend upon Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet at 6:00 PM today. The buses have been chartered from as far away as Haifa (2 1/2 hours), the religious will pay!
The zealot thug gang ultra-orthodox dressing Jews will respond, they won’t take it lying down. Their leaders have set their response, the announcement trucks are already traveling through the neighborhoods of all ultra-orthodox areas of Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem. “Come and defend the Torah, the holy neighborhood and holy people!” they blare. The neighborhood rabbis say “it’s not us, but the anti-religious are inciting!” (with the zealot thugs standing quietly and threateningly outside their window.)
The city officials who tolerated this while it was a small but seriously traumatizing matter for elementary school girls are now calling all parties to meet with them, or at least get photos with them. They’re shocked they are being rebuffed.
The leader of the effort to protect the girls, Rabbi Dov Lipman, who’s the rabbi of the modern orthodox neighborhood in question and the rabbi of the school in question, has been refused access to speak at the secular anti-religious “rally” to be held at 6:00pm. The Israeli newspapers write, “A group of Haredi residents of Beit Shemesh led by Rabbi Dov Lipman has asked to take part in the rally. Lipman has requested permission to address the crowd.” Haredi??? Dov Lipman is the rabbi of the family, girl, neighborhood and school involved!!!!!
Photo – Rabbi Dov Lipman of Beit Shemesh, Israel, speaking at a rally against violence and intimidation 2 months ago in Beit Shemesh, on the Modern Orthodox – Charedi neighborhood seam line, 2 blocks from the modern religious girls school in question.
Rabbi Lipman has worked tirelessly to calm the conflict and try to find a balance between the neighborhoods and groups. He’s stood again and again and said “this is not an anti-ultra-orthodox thing, this is people acting inappropriately that need to be dealt with”.
But the newspapers don’t want people who try to make peace and resolve conflict. Neither do today’s rally organizers. Push aside those directly involved, this is about MAKING YOUR POINT.
I’m afraid. Unless the authorities prepare very strongly, people are going to get hurt today (G-d forbid). Jews are going to be fighting Jews.
My dear charedi brethren, there is no Torah source or position that allows you to attack your fellow Jew. You are falling prey to ego and the Yetzer Hara (the evil inclination). THIS IS HOW THE YETZER BRINGS THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY DOWN! This is not honest kannanus (zealotry), this is a perversion!
My dear chiloni (non-observant) brethren, please do not bring your battles for attention and political leverage to this situation. Yes, “they” started it. But it’s the city officialdom and police who failed to deal with it. Be honest, are you really coming to defend an 8 year old religious girl or to drive your own agenda? Your agenda is not worth the blood of your brothers.
Dear authorities, stand up and forcefully deal with this situation before it gets out of hand! And that moment is upon you!
Anyone considering attending, DO NOT DO SO!
And the press, yes YOU are responsible for stirring this up to this level! Please refrain from being even more of the problem.
RIBONO SHEL OLAM, Master of the Universe, please do not let this happen this way! Please do not let brothers clash and injure one another. Let it be resolved peacefully and fade away!