Friday, July 14, 2006
Letter to Malcolm Hoenlein and Rav Shteinman
It interested me to see how similar on the Nachum Segal show, Malcolm's answers were to Rav Shteinman. From a reliable source I learned that Rav Shteinman when asked regarding the expulsions and the future expulsions answered in 3 words in Yiddish. Nisht Inzere Sugia. Which roughly translated into English means "not our dept: or not related to what we are involved with."
Malcolm said on the Nachum Segal show regarding land withdrawal, that we can't really make a difference yet he ended the session with inspiring words regarding those missing in action and the archeological excavations that when we all stand up together and unite and take a stand then it does make a difference. Malcolm who represents the Conference of Presidents that supported the disengagement openly in their website is now actively planning a demonstration in conjunction with the OU and an AD Hoc Coalition for Justice regarding the kidnapped soldiers and in defense of the State of Israel retaliation in Gaza and Lebanon.
Malcolm Hoenlein and Rav Shteinman choose their battles carefully. Apparently, they choose the same battles President Bush is willing to fight.
Eretz Yisroel is our Biblical Inheritance and we, Am Yisroel are obligated in commandments. That is not revocable. Oslo, Roadmap, Convergence and Unilateral Withdrawal are diametrically opposed to the Covenant - the Oath Hashem gave to Am Yisroel through our Forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). The boundaries of Eretz Yisroel are delineated in the Torah. They are not defined by 1948 or 1967 or the present. They were defined from the beginning of Time.. Period. The time has come to speak up. It is perhaps for this reason alone you have come to greatness.
Malcolm and Rav Shteinman. You can state the Torah position or you can ignore it. Up till now you are simply addressing the byproducts of ignoring the Torah. We are now in a security and humanitarian crisis. President Bush realizes it and supports Israel's right to defend herself. Yet, there is no reason to believe that even with the mighty strength of the IDF we can overcome our enemies without listening and keeping Hashem's Torah. Tonight I studied with my 8 year old son Parshas Toldos. Please read Breishis Perek 26 Pesukim 1-6. The translation is from the Stone Chumash. 1) THERE WAS A FAMINE IN THE LAND, ASIDE FROM THE FIRST FAMINE THAT WAS IN THE DAYS OF ABRAHAM; AND ISAAC WENT TO ABIMELECH KING OF THE PHILISTINES, TO GERAR. 2) HASHEM APPEARED TO HIM AND SAID, "DO NOT DESCEND TO EGYPT; DWELL IN THE LAND THAT I SHALL INDICATE TO YOU. 3) SOJOURN IN THIS LAND AND I WILL BE WITH YOU AND BLESS YOU; FOR TO YOU AND YOUR OFFSPRING WILL I GIVE ALL THESE LANDS, AND ESTABLISH THE OATH THAT I SWORE TO ABRAHAM YOUR FATHER; 4) I WILL INCREASE YOUR OFFSPRING LIKE THE STARS IN HEAVENS; AND WILL GIVE TO YOUR OFFSPRING ALL THESE LANDS; AND ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BLESS THEMSELVES BY YOUR OFFSPRING. 5) BECAUSE ABRAHAM OBEYED MY VOICE, AND OBSERVED MY SAFEGUARDS, MY COMMANDMENTS, MY DECREES AND MY TORAHS. 6) SO ISAAC SETTLED IN GERAR.
We know that Eretz Pelishtim, Gerar is Gush Katif. Isaac was not allowed to leave Eretz Yisroel. Gush Katif is included in the delineated boundaries of Eretz Yisroel specified in the Torah. How do I explain to my 8 year old son why the Rabbanim are being silent about the Promised Land. Why is there silence when President Bush talks about a democratic Palestinian State living side by side in peace and harmony with the State of Israel. (also known as the Roadmap Plan). Why is there no public yearning for The Land Promised to Avraham. Yitzchok and Yaakov and their offspring as is clearly stated in these Pesukim and many others as well. How do I teach my son Emunas Chachamim or respect for the Jewish Leaders when there is silence about the Torah. Perhaps it is this Silence, this Chillul Hashem that has brought these tragedies upon us?
You can choose between Life and Death. Ubacharta BaChaim. Choose Life. Then we will be worthy of the coming of Moshiach.