Thursday, May 03, 2012

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“I Need Some Advice”

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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     An American yeshiva student stopped me on my way to the Kotel. He said that he needed some advice…that he did not know what to do. “My friend here joined the Israeli army, and now I am thinking of joining, too. What do you think? Would it be alright for me to go into the army?”

     “It depends on how you do it,” I answered. “If you are going to join a regular army unit, then you should not do it. I was a volunteer in the army here for a short while, and I saw what goes on. On the base where I was, boys and girls were sleeping in the same room, the kitchens were not really being kept kosher… there are all sorts of problems. You would probably be like most of the Israeli boys who come from modern homes when they join the army. They usually throw away their yarmulke (head cover) and tzitzit (Torah commanded fringes) on their first day.”

     “G-d forbid!” he said.

     “But,” I continued, “if you go into the army, either into a religious unit, or in a way that you are strong enough to know that either you are going to influence them, or they are going to influence you, then you should go. It is our duty to protect the Jewish people.”

     He looked at his friend who was carrying the rifle and smiled. He thanked me warmly, and they walked away uplifted by my words.

     It is easy to see why many rabbis insist that their students not join the army. It can be like sending a wide-eyed, innocent youth into a Tel Aviv lifestyle where wild parties and gross promiscuity are the accepted norm. But, if we do not join the army and stand up against our enemies, who is going to do it for us?

2 comments:

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

You would probably be like most of the Israeli boys who come from modern homes when they join the army. They usually throw away their yarmulke (head cover) and tzitzit (Torah commanded fringes) on their first day.”

That is lashon hara, motzee shem ra and unfitting.

josh said...

I think most religious boys, even those not in the hesder units, stay religious. The advice to be an influencer and not be influenced is important.

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