The Three Weeks are over and Tisha B'Av is past, but my soul still cries and my eyes are far from dry. Last night at the Kotel, the Western Wall remnant of our Holy Temple, you could literally smell the fresh-burnt ashes of the fire that destroyed our Holy Temple 1,947 years ago to the day...
Writing about this subject - the public contamination of Jerusalem - is like cleaning a cowshed, not exactly the activity one would choose to do in August, especially in the heat of Israel. Yet, Halacha (Jewish Law) states that "he who has the power to object, yet fails to object, is caught up in the crime" (Shulchan Aruch, Yora Deah 147:1). Hashem sends surprising messengers. I hadn't planned on writing about today's Impurade in Jerusalem, but last night, an Israeli-Arab professor from Hebrew University asked me by way of a mutual friend, Dr. Nissan Yacubov, may Hashem bless him, why the rabbis of Jerusalem aren't coming out in full force against the abomination parade in Jerusalem, which is not only condoned by the Israeli Government but financed in a large measure by the Jerusalem Municipality.
"This is the reason that Allah has entrusted Al Quds ("the holy" in Arabic, the nickname for Jerusalem and the Temple Mount) in our hands. The Quran is very specific in its prohibition against homosexuality, as is the Torah. Such a repulsive display of abomination could never happen in East Jerusalem. Yet on the Jewish side of town, not a single voice of objection is heard. Why?"
I sent an answer to the esteemed professor, "I am in no way spokesman for any rabbinical group. But, my guess is that they don't want our children to know that such a thing exists, so they remain silent." I felt embarrassed by my explanation. Here, the Muslim professor, an intellect by every sense of the word and by no means a firebrand from the streets, had no problem in standing up for his religion's standard of ethics. So what in the world are we ashamed of?
The Torah forbids quite a few things, many of which defy human logic for the Torah is God-given. One may not murder or steal; he or she must also refrain from eating pork, shrimp, and milk mixed with meat. Homosexuality as well is not only forbidden, but condemned as an "abomination".
Every human has the right of free choice, as long as they don't impinge on the rights of others. Behind closed doors, let people do as they please, even if it includes eating ham-and-cheese sandwiches with one's same-sex partner. Yet, flaunting one's flagrant violation of Torah in public, on the streets of our Holy City, not only crosses every red line of ethics and morality but impinges on the rights of those who don't want to expose their children to such abomination. The parade participants have no right to flaunt their brazen trampling of Torah Law in public, especially in the Holy Land, and all the more so in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
It is definitely not politically correct to speak up against the Impurade, who wave their counterfeit flag of tolerance. But, Torah and the lie of political correctness, known as chanupa in Torah, don't go together. So davka, now in particular, we cry out in protest to today's planned public parade of debauchery and abomination. We vehemently protest the public display that honors the transgression of Torah and in the strongest possible terms denounce the Government's condoning and support of it. This is not democracy, but suicide.
The Land of Israel is not at all tolerant. The Torah warns in stiffest terms, "For the inhabitants of the Land who were before you committed all these abominations, and the Land became contaminated. Let not the Land disgorge you for having contaminated it, as it disgorged the nation that was before you" (Leviticus 18:27-28).
The Torah protests the contamination of Jerusalem's streets, the Land of Israel protests, Jerusalem itself protests, and we too join in the protest. If we want true sovereignty in our Holy Land and in our Holy City, we must do what we can to preserve their sanctity. Today, Jerusalem weeps, and so do we.