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Motzei Shabbos Parshat Reeh 5768. Sunday, August 31st 2008
Rav Perlow was called tonight by a fellow activist who asked him politely what about the recent developments in negotiations of giving away 93 percent of Yesha and parts of Yerushalyim and our activist was told not to bother him.
Last Thanksgiving before the summit in Annapolis, didn't Agudath Yisroel of America, after much nudging, finally make a resolution against dividing Jerusalem. At the time we complained that they didn't mention Judea and Samaria. Apparently at that time the State Dept. of American was pushing for a Palestinian State so Agudath Yisroel felt safe speaking out for a United Jerusalem but didn't have the courage to speak out against a Palestinian State. Now that the State Department has gone one step further and is speaking about dividing Jerusalem, why is Agudath Yisroel Silent? Was the resolution simply to pacify those of us that were upset that the Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah weren't speaking out with clarity for Torah?.
Who else should we bother if not Rosh Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah whose every word is followed by hundreds of thousands of Jews when the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews are in the making?.
If we daven to rebuild Yerushalayim and then agree to give it away when we have it, what does this mean?
Getting some annoying phone calls can not compared with the consequences of tragic proportions should these negotiations actualize.
Will tehillim rallies with the theme "We share in their Pain" be the extent of activism after the fact????? Or will we have to face our Creator on Yom Hadin because our Silence was the CAUSE of our brethren's pain?
Willl we be forced to look in the mirror and say it's because we Am Yisroel throughout the world simply couldn't care less about our birthright, our precious gift Eretz Yisroel did the tragedies happen to us and to the entire world?
The Nations of the world, will chas vechalil mock us and say how come you were silent? How full of shame we will feel but worse because our Silence put the entire world in danger.
Please call Rav Perlow the Noveminker Rav at 718-436-1133 home
Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky 215-477-1000 Yeshiva of Philadelphia 215-473-2798 home
Rav Perlow is Rosh Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah in Agudath Yisroel of America. They have a Washington Office. They have a network of hundreds of thousands of caring Jews that can be mobilized. Simply making resolutions w/o putting the full force of the organization behind the resolution is of no real consequence. Every school child can write a letter. Every parent can pick up the phone to the White House. Business as usual can be put on hold when the lives of our brethren are on the line.
Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky is the spiritual mentor of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation that reaches over 50,000 caring Jews on TIsha Baav alone. They are networked to thousands of locations, shuls and schools throughout the world. They too can mobilze Am Yisroel to show their love for Eretz Yisroel with concrete action and not just in a world of inspiring lectures that are not implemented.
Please email me the responses of our Rabbanim to your cry for help so that it is documented.
Israel Kaplan writes:
Resolution Adopted at Agudath Israel's 85th National ConventionNovember 26, 2007
WHEREAS, the American government is convening a conference later this week in Annapolis, Maryland in an effort to promote Middle East peace, and particularly to move Israel and the Palestinian Authority toward a final peace agreement; and
WHEREAS, the American government is reportedly urging the parties to proceed to the "final status issues" that remain to be negotiated, including sovereignty over the holy city of Jerusalem; and
WHEREAS, the delegates to the 85th national convention of Agudath Israel of America, following the direction of Agudath Israel's rabbinic leadership, and for reasons relating to considerations of security as well as the singular place Jerusalem has always occupied in Jewish religious and communal life, are deeply pained and concerned about the prospect of Israel relinquishing parts of Jerusalem to Palestinian sovereignty.
NOW, THEREFORE, the delegates to the 85th national convention of Agudath Israel of America hereby resolve that Agudath Israel of America, under the direction of its rabbinic leadership, should communicate to appropriate government officials the organization's strong belief that, for the reasons set forth above, Israel should not relinquish parts of Jerusalem to Palestinian sovereignty, and the American government should not pressure the Israeli government into doing so.
(November 25, 2007 - Stamford, CT)
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