Only last week we publicized (to yeshivos, shuls and a large e-mail list) a call from the Gedolim in E"Y to recite Tehillim and convene Yom Kippur Koton services on erev Rosh Chodesh because of the dire situation in E"Y, and held such a service in our offices. Any other special tefillos or actions that those Gedolim ask us to do, you may rest assured we will undertake with alacrity.
"Remains silent"? Perhaps your correspondent might pursue a true zechut for Klal Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael in not judging other Jews harshly and unfairly.
May we merit better times.
I responded by saying Will the fact that we davaned last week suffice? Would that really stop the Kassam Rockets? On the other hand, constant, action, networking, public pressure, etc. whatever, to physically stop the Kassam Rockets and of course daven, now that would be much more effective.
Letter from Menachem Kovacs firstname.lastname@example.org
to influential Rabbanim to act now to keep Yehuda and Shomron as well as all
(Dr. Kovacs is Director of the Jewish Roots Center in
6005 Baywood Av
April 7, 2008
Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon, Parshas Teruma
Dear Distinguished Rabbanim,
Please use your influence to request a brief and strong public statement from Rav Steinman Shlita and Rav Eliyashi Shlita and from other prominent Rabbanim and other Jewish leaders and organizations to overtly support the importance of Israel retaining Yehuda and the Shomron (aka "The West Bank") in addition to all of Jerusalem because;
(a) They are all integral parts of Eretz HaKodesh and not "occupied" lands as our enemies contend. The very first Rashi in the Chumash tells us we will have to tell the world when they say we stole the Land that we should reply that it was G-d who gave it to us and in Parshas Masei inter alia it is G-d Himself who delineates the Holy Land's boundaries which include Yehuda and the Shomron, and
(b) Abandoning Yehuda and Shomron, G-d forbid, would put the Jews in the remaining Israel in a real and present existential danger on a much larger scale than the Jews today in Sderot, Ashkelon, etc. who are faced with daily rocket attacks and fatalities. The 1967 Report on Israeli security requirements of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Defense Department (The Pentagon) concluded that retention of the entire West Bank as well as Jerusalem, The Golan Heights and Gaza is an indefinite security imperative for the Jewish State, With the abandonment of Gaza to Hamas terrorist rule with increasingly advanced weapons and with the renewed stockpiling of weapons by Hizbollah after Israel's defeat in the Second Lebanon War, Israel must draw its red lines with the remaining land for its self-defense.
This is not a "political" matter. It is a matter of
Agudah made a commitment to speak out for Jerusalem. They did so at their Agudah convention in November.
So the United States gov't didn't listen to Agudah's appeal. Neither did Olmert. So is that the end of Agudah's appeal. If someone you love is threatening to go off a cliff and you ask him not to and he doesn't listen, do you simply give up trying to convince him and only pray? What happened pre Nazi Germany? Jews were silent then as well.
Please call and/or email:
Rabbi Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Rabbi Avi Shafran, and Rabbi Gertzulin - Public Affaris can be reached at Agudath Yisroel 212-797-9000
Rabbi Pesach Lerner at The Young Israel can be reached at 212-929-1525
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb of the OU can be reached at 212-563-4000
Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky Chabad Headquarters at 718 774.4000 / fax 718 774.2718
and ask them to please end the Silence regarding Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the establishment of a Terror State Chas Vechalilah.
Their respective emails are:
'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing' (or words to that effect)
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