The ink is barely dry on my op-ed from less than a week ago, entitled Winning Back the Land of Israel. Among other things, I wrote:
"Achmedinejad and his nukes don't scare me. Neither does Nasrulla and the Hizbulla. But such public debauchery here in the Holy City of Jerusalem [I was referring to the Gay-pride Parade, this past Thursday, July 29, 2010] is terrifying... this is the worst threat to our security here in the Holy Land. How? Open up your Gemara to tractate Sanhedrin, 93a: "The Lord of Israel despises debauchery."
You can't begin to imagine the tons of hate mail I get for a post like the above. That won't keep me from telling it like it is.
We had over a year of peace and quiet here in Israel. We don't have to take cover in the bomb shelters everytime Achmedinejad, Assad, Nasrulla, or Hamas shoots their mouths off. Saber-rattling and bravado is still a far cry from missiles dropping in your neighborhood. We had a year with no sirens, until a group of people decided to publicly flaunt their abominations - not in Tel Aviv, which is selling itself as the capital of pink tourism, enough of a reason to make it a dangerous place - but in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
So, after a more than a year of quiet, what happened since last Thursday's defiling of Jerusalem?
Friday, July 30, 2010: Katyusha rocket falls in the center of an Ashkelon residential neighborhood - miraculously, there was only property damage and no loss of life
Saturday, July 31, 2010: A Kassam rocket from Gaza scores a direct hit on a school, destroying 3 classrooms; miraculously, the building was empty
Sunday, August 1, 2010: Kassam rocket and mortar fire attacks on Eshkol area settlements
Monday, August 2, 2010: Five Iranian-made Grad missiles fired from Sinai toward Eilat - one fell on the neighboring Jordanian city of Aqaba, killing a cab driver and wounding 4 others
Tuesday, August 3, 2010: Weird flare-up of hostilities on Israel's Northern border, with one Israeli officer killed and another seriously wounded
A coincidence? Only a deaf, dumb, and blind mummy could fail to make a connection between last Thursday and the subsequent days of violence.
Our sages say that one idiot throws a rock in the well that a hundred wise men don't know how to remove.
I've been begging Hashem for mercy all day long. Hashem is waiting for us to do teshuva, but there's not much time. If things were tense here two weeks ago, those days were like Sesame Street compared to the drawn ballistic bowstrings of today.
Our gay brothers and sisters must understand that neither are we passing judgment on them nor limiting their freedom. The Land of Israel belongs to Hashem, not to anyone else; we are entitled to be here by virtue of the Torah and its commandments. Any public display of Torah violations is national suicide. We would oppose a pork and shrimp festival the same way we oppose the Impurade. Do what you want behind closed doors - be prepared to pay your own consequences. But why trample on the Torah in the heart of Jerusalem? You say that you have a right to drill a hole in the bottom of the boat you're sailing in - but wait a minute, I'm in that boat too...
Don't forget that the Second Lebanon War broke out immediately after the Jerusalem Impurade of 2006. That war led to a million Jews having to leave their homes in the North of Israel.
Hashem has now sent wake-up calls North, Center, and Deep South Israel, in places least expected. We had better heed His message.
Any person that tramples the holiness of the Land of Israel has blood on his hands. How? Each act of unholiness creates an accusing, dark-side spiritual force that looks to spill innocent blood. Let the organizers of the Gay Parade now go to sleep with that on their conscience.
I'd much rather write about happy things and spiritual growth. But the shriek and subsequent exsplosions of GRAD rockets drown out my flute music. As a rabbi and spiritual guide, it's my solemn duty to spread spiritual awareness and emuna, arousing people from their slumber. Let there be no more war and no more Holocausts, and let no one shrug his shoulders in the smoky aftermath of a devastating push-button conflict, "Why didn't anybody warn us?"
It's your choice - either join the battle to save our land and our people, or pop open another beer. This week's Torah portion is all about choosing sides - you won't be able to straddle both for long. It's either good (with its rewards) or evil (with its consequences). Whose side are you on, my brother and sister?