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Hypocrisy, Hebron and Him-and-Her

If a person can't control himself, how can he command a battalion, an army or even a nation?

The more a person looks at the world through eyes of emuna, the more he/she gains clarity and realizes two things:

1) Nothing is coincidental or happenstance;

2) The Torah's truth is for all of posterity and forever relevant.

This week, we read the Torah portion of Pinchas, which teaches how debauchery can lead to the downfall of Israel, Heaven forbid, even though no other enemy can overcome her. Pinchas, by killing the promiscuous leader of the Shimonite tribe Zimri, saved the Jewish people from calamity.

As a result of liberalism, anti-Torah sentiment and departure from basic Jewish morality and common sense, the IDF created a mixed-gender combat unit by the name of Caracal some fifteen years ago. This was a total trampling of the Torah's guarantee for the army's success: For Hashem, your G-d, walks in the midst of your camp to rescue you and to deliver your enemies before you; so your camp shall be holy, so that He will not see a shameful thing among you and turn away from you (Deuteronomy 23:15). That is the key to a Jewish army's success, period. It's not the weaponry or the high tech - it's the moral fiber of our soldiers and the holiness of our army.

It's therefore no coincidence that now, during the week of Pinchas, the chief of the IDF’s Southern Command and commander of the Caracal mixed-gender combat force has been suspended for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a female armed services member under his command. I pity the individual; he's married and is a father to three children. He has worked awfully hard to reach the rank of Major General in the IDF. And now look what he's willing to throw away - his wife, children and career for - is it worth it?

It's his life and his free choice. But, he's weakening our country when it's so important to stay morally strong with so many enemies and security challenges all around us. Nevertheless, my grievance isn't directed at the allegedly mischievous Major General - he didn't invent the system; he's only a product of it. What about the government and the Prime Minister? They sure know how to quote Torah when it's convenient.

Last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu put on a kippa and read from the Tanach (scripture) in protest of the UNESCO decision that denies our right to Hebron. At the weekly cabinet meeting, Bibi read the story of the purchase of the Machpela cave by Abraham. And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant ... And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre (Hebron) in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the children of Heth (Genesis 23:16-19).

Bravo, Bibi! We commend you as the Prime Minister of Israel for relying on our roots and our Divine rights. But why didn't you quote from the Torah when you found out what the mixed-gender units are causing? Why didn't you quote from the Torah to show that such units as Caracal are expressly forbidden and a threat to our national security? Why don't you warn that if the Tribal President Zimri fouled up, so can an IDF commander? Why don't you quote from the Torah to tell the Tel Aviv municipality that as long as they sponsor public desecration of the Sabbath, they won't get a cent in government funding? Why not quote the Torah whenever your government officially tolerates, or even encourages, such phenomena that the Torah forbids and even calls "abominations"?

No Iran, Hezbolla, Hamas either singly or together pose a threat to us. It's the hypocrisy of "Torah, only when it's convenient" that endangers us.

Now, especially during the Three Weeks, we should never forget what gives us the right to the Land of Israel, as King David so eloquently says when he explains why Hashem took us out of Egypt and gave us the Land of Israel: And He led out His nation with joy, His chosen ones with joyous song. And He gave them the land of nations, and they inherited the toil of regimes. So that they would safeguard His statutes and observe His teachings. (Psalm 105: 44-45). The Torah is a package deal; only the hypocrites are selective. May Hashem help us uphold His entire Torah within the borders of our holy homeland that the Torah grants us. Once we do, our enemies will melt away like dew in the summer sun.


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Ms. Yohanna

I was born 1949 in US to very fine moral parents, bless HaShem. I am thankful to the Almighty for being introduced to the Hebrew Torah about 20 years ago. I have learned about the time Between the Straights, I make it my business to learn some history as taught by Jewish people. I am just a child and have much to learn and change in my life. I wonder if in the Sefer Daniel; he prays and there is a 3 week delay for Michael to give an answer, what this the time of Between the Straights? and so I commit to pray the Daniel 9 prayer, and I also remember what Abraham did when HaShem was to destroy Sodom and Gemorah? I ask the same thing today, how many must tishuva in order to thwart Devine punishment? 100? 50? 10? We may never know the depths of His Mercy, though we have known much in our lives. I agree with Joshua and Caleb; it a land of mllk and honey; is a Very Good land; and in transition. I ask for Devine Mercy upon your people; both in and out the land; and to make corrections to each and everyone of us; that we and the land would merit the return of the tribes; the building of Beith HaMikdash and The Messiah; speedily and in our times; for sake of our children and grandchildren. Amen

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