Wednesday, March 19, 2008

great letter from Jon Silverman! Fantastic

The Alter Rebbe said "live with the times" [the times of the parsha].

I receive your news of Tzviya Sariel getting released. At the same time, i read in today's torah portion of Tzav, Rashi's commentary on a thanksgiving offering:

If he is bringing it as a thanksgiving-offering. i.e., if [he is bringing the offering] to give thanks [to God] for a miracle that had happened to him, for instance, those who made a sea-voyage [and returned safely] or journeyed in the desert, or those who had been imprisoned [and were subsequently released], or a sick person who recovered. All these are required to give thanks [to God], for regarding them, it is written, "They shall give thanks to the Lord for His kindness and for his wonders to the children of men. And they shall slaughter sacrifices of thanksgiving" (Ps. 107:2122).

I was wondering what one says when one is released from getting imprisoned, too.  And now i know. Thanks to your email.

I love living with the times. 
keep up with the great emails!

----- Original Message ----
From: "" <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 3:35:13 PM
Subject: Tzviya Sariel to be Released on Wednesday

Yasher Koach to all of us that didn't give up and worked on her behalf  and the mitzvah of Pidion Shvuyim, freeing captives, and recognized her struggle as being one that is not a personal one but one that exposed the rotten core of the judicial system within Israel.  Even her most basic civil rights of requiring proof of evidence of a crime  in order to be imprisoned was ignored and they continued to harass her and imprison her when charges were dropped.
This should just be the beginning in my opinion of our activism for an authentic judicial system based on Torah.  Tzviya's treatment proved that she was right on target for her unwillingness to recognize Israel's judicial courts.  The way they treated her proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that their system has nothing to do with justice but is simply the gov'ts tool to harass it's loyal citizens in Judea and Samaria.  The whole reason Tzviya, a young girl,  was so stubborn regarding her refusal of being heard at the secular court was from experience in witnessing the way others were treated by the courts. 
Let us work to promote the idea of a Torah based judicial system which is Tzviya's desire. Even the secular are interested in Mishpat Ivri rather than a hodge podge of British, Turkish and Israeli law. Judges can not be above the law and neither can policemen and policewomen.  We say in the Shemoneh Esreh (18 blessings in the morning and afternoon prayers) the following blessing. Hoshiva Shofteinu Kavarishona Veyoatzeinu Kevatchila.  Return our judges and advisors as in days in the past.  Tzion Bamishpat Tepadeh Veshaveha Bitzdaka.  Zion, with justice will be redeemed and those that return (or those captured) with righteousness.


On the day Tzviya is released, let us give thanks to Hashem! 


Baruch Ata Hashem elokeinu Melech Haolam Matir Assurim.  Blessed are you Hashem, King of the Universe for releasing the captive.

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