Dear Jewish Print Media, Radio Media, Kiruv and Lecture Series Coordinators., ( in no special order)
In Parshas Noah it says "Ki Malah Haaretz Hamas" Chapter 6 verse 13 "
G-d said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with robbery through them, and behold, I am about to destroy them from the earth"
There is another Midrash in the Talmud Yerushalmi which also appears in the Yalkut Shimoni: It says that God said to Noach:
קץ כל בשר בא לפניי - הגיע הזמן לקצץ אותם, להפוך אותם לאדמת בתה - כמו עצים ושיחים נמוכים כי מלאה הארץ חמס מפניהם וכו' - חמס שווה פרוטה וגזל חצי פרוטה. לאחד היתה קופת תורמוסין קופסה עם תבואה כל אחד היה בא ונוטל פחות מחצי פרוטה כך שחברו לא יכול להוציא ממנו את מה שלקח לו - כך שמלאה כל הארץ חמס - האנשים אשר עליה שגרמו לכך. אמר הקב"ה אתם עשיתם שלא כשורה גם אני אעשה לכם כך.
"The end of all of life has come before me. The time has arrived to cut them down, to return the land to a pristine time when there were only trees and short shrubs "because the land if full of theft, etc" To be liable for the sin of "Hamas" one must steal something that is worth a "pruta" and to be liable for the sin of "Gezel" one must steal something that is worth half of a "pruta." In the generation of the flood, one would have a box of lupines, a box of grains. Everyone would come and take less then half of a "pruta" from someone else This is how the person who was stolen from was not able to recover his stolen objects. This was what the verse means when it says "The whole world was full of robbery," meaning, the people who caused this. God said to them, "You behaved improperly and I will do the same to you."
Apparently, according to the Midrash each individual in Noach's time stole just a teeny bit. Collectively the entire land was filled with robbery.
There is a crazy phenomenon in the Torah World. Obama distorts the Torah to an obvious level and all the religious mainstream Jewish Organizations are Silent in setting the matter straight thereby creating a tremendous Chillul Hashem. Obama said:The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. (Applause.) This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop. (Applause.)....All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra -- (applause) -- as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. (Applause.)
The Truth of the Torah as opposed to the truth presented by President Obama is that the Land of Israel is promised to the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as an eternal inheritance. The boundaries are delineated.
Each and every Jew received the Torah at Sinai. Each and every Jew has the responsibility to speak up for the Torah and for the Covenant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Silence of each and every Jew is adding a little to the Chillul Hashem. "Atem Nitzavim Hayom" . In September 2006 I posted the following on Shemittah Rediscovered.
I would not change even one word today.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
When the Bnei Yisroel enter Eretz Yisroel they receive a renewal of their Covenant. The first Covenant was given at Har Sinai. What was new about this Covenant? It was the concept of Areivus, that every Jew is now responsible of the sins of his brothers. Every Jew is obligated to help others observe the Torah and to restrain from violating it. As the commentary in the Stone Chumash explains that now they would be liable for transgressions committed openly (Ohr HaChaim) This is essential to the world view of the Jew, for it explains why one may not be apethetic to the shortcomings of others and why public desecrations of the Torah are the concern of every Jew of good conscience.
Atem Nitzavim - You are standing. Moshe empahsized that the people were standing before G-d because the purpose of the Covenant was to bind them to G-d's Torah. Sforno comments that Moshe stressed that they were standing before G-d, Who cannot be deceived. Moshe divided the people into categories to suggest that everyone is responsible according to how many others he or she can influence.
This concept of Areivus justifies my position of speaking out against influential Rabbinic Leaders such as Rav Shteinmen, Rav Kanievsky, Rav Eliashiv, the Admor M'Gur, the OU, Agudath Yisroel of America etc. who have been silent regarding the Roadmap and regarding the disengagement and the Convergence plan. It justifies the obligation of spokespeople of Yesha as well as the journalists in Jewish Media such as Arutz7, Jewish Press, Yated, Hamodia, Nachum Segal, Chofetz Chaim Foundation etc. to challenge this silence. The Roadmap is mutually exclusive to the Biblical promise that Hashem gave Eretz Yisroel exculsively to Am Yisroel. How can UTJ and Shas join an evil government. This evil government is clearly in opposition to Torah. Yet this was overlooked in exchange for bribes be it child support or educational subsidies or political position. . Those that remain silent become silent partners in allowing expulsion of Jewish settlement and settlers, partners in robbing our fellow brethren of their property, partners in destroying family units and cohesiveness, partners in taking away many families means of Parnassa, partners in terrorizing little children with an army of soldiers and last but not least partners in the bloody violence against the youth who were the only ones to stand up for the Torah and for Eretz Yisroel at the risk of their own lives. To sum it all, those that are silent are partners to the humanitarian and security crisis in Israel and partners in the empowerment of terrorism including Hizbollah and Hamas.
For this Hashem says Haster Astir Panai Bayom Hahu Al Kol Hara Asher Asa, Ki Phana el Elohim Acheirim(Devarim 31/18) . But I will surely have concealed My face on that day because of all the evil that it did, for it had turned to gods of others".
The young girls in Neve Dekalim cried bitter tears as the expulsion was happening "Al Tastir panech Mimeni Beyom Tzar Li". Don't hide your face from me on the day of my affliction.
Can we ignore the fact that much of the North of Eretz Yisroel was burnt in this past war with Lebanon? Isn't that a consequence of worshipping idols as well? Or do we simply continue to choose not make any connections to the events of the day and the warnings of the Torah.
Which idols did we collectively worship? My guess is trusting in America, trusting in an evil gov't in Israel that acts as if it is a puppet for America and in believing in our own strenth and power rather than on Torah and Mitzvoth. It is very difficult to place our total trust in Hashem . It's downright scary. Without prayer how can we humanly be capable of passing this test.
Yet all the curses are reversible. We need merely to admit our mistakes, beg Hashem for forgiveness and no doubt Hashem will hear our prayers and reverse the Gezaira. Atem Nitzavim Hayom. Each and every one of us including men, children, women and strangers. Anyone with any kind of influence must speak out publicly for the Torah and against any plans that are in direct opposition to the Torah. Failure to speak out is equivalent to being partners in the desecration of Hashem's name.
It seems to me that the job of the major religious organizations is to mobilize Am Yisroel with their extensive networks to express in words and in deed the Nation's yearning and love for Eretzy Yisroel and demonstrate our trust in Hashem to deliver His promises to His Chosen People. We will try our very best to keep the Mitzvoth in the Holy Land thereby infusing the Land and the world with peace, prosperity and holiness refining the entire world with the knowledge of G-d. The Previous Rebbe said that every single Jew, man and women, boy and girl is a Shaliach, not like the Miraglim. and we were sent to this world in our generation to prepare the world for the time of Moshiach in Eretz Yisroel and this includes the generation in America raised on Pepsi Cola as well. (Rabbi Shmuel Butman on the radio Motzei Shabbos on Parshat Shlach 5769). But passing the buck to an organization to be an activist is contributing to the collective silence. Each one of us have a responsibility to do our hishtadlus in this manner.