Dear Readers, amv"sh
I am Beezrat Hashem planning on taking a Sabbatical from "Activitizing" in order to focus on the Yesh of this world. Yesh is the material and Ayin is the spiritual. The purpose of improving the Yesh is to ultimately improve the Ayin with Hashem's help. I will be bli neder cutting back significantly so let me leave you with this one idea.
In my recent emails I have been focusing on the concept of Zocher Habrit. Remembering the Covenant G-d made with Noah and the Covenant G-d made with our forefathers Abraham, Issaac and Jacob and to their seed thereafter. People ask, "What is Zocher Habrit" supposed to be? What exactly are you talking about? First come to Israel. Another political party in Israel? We have plenty religious parties!
Let me explain. Frankly, I don't know if Zocher Habrit will become a political party. Maybe it will be a movement a new paradigm in the way we think in the political arena. Personally, I hate politics and would not make a great politician. I disdain making deals, tit for tat, the typical way politics is conducted.
I am idealistic to still want a system whereby moral principles override practical considerations. Let us only make a deal with G-d and try to do His will and what is right.
In Judaism, Halacha is the male's domain. Torah SheBichtav, the written Torah is the woman's focus. I have no aspirations in being the next Prime Minister of Israel nor of being a leader of this Zocher Habrit party, (if it ever becomes a party). It's not like I have a fan club who is knocking down my door demanding I take a greater leadership role. I have no political ambitions. I have my work cut out for me.
However, the spirit of the Torah and having Halacha consistent with the spirit of the Torah is where I come in. My fascination with Shemittah as a result of having lived in Kiryat Arba with a view of Hebron is a driving force in my life. Zocher Habrit, remembering G-d's Covenant with Noah and with our forefathers is fundamental to Judaism. It is a foundation of Torah,of our Avoda (prayer) and of Gemilat Chassodim, lovingkindness (Chesed). There are those who dismiss what is happening in HaUlpana as the struggle of the few who are endangering their own lives by living in a dangerous place. (See letter to the editor of Mishpacha Magazine, page 12, page 13 issue 415 in response to the front page article "Resigned to Exile" issue: 413 Parshat Shlach). This letter writer to Mishpacha (not me, I don't believe they printed my letter
) was very disappointed that Mishpacha featured people in Beit Ulpana and Migron by putting them on Mishpacha cover, "usually graced by Gedoilim and accomplished people". "Do you have to make them into heroes?" he asked. This individual clearly has no clue about the significance of claiming each and every part of Eretz Yisroel and the dangers of allowing a Palestinian State, or rather perhaps 3 Palestinian States (you can add Gaza run by Hamas, and possibly Jordan if it ever gets taken over by the Palestinians chas vechalila) surrounding and in the heart of the delineated boundaries of Eretz Yisroel. He perhaps doesn't realize that when we don't claim the high ground, the Palestinians in the Shomron will, and we put Ben Gurion airport in shooting range. But even more disturbing is that he is not at all focused on Zocher Habrit, remembering the Covenant G-d made with our forefathers and with us, their seed. He is not in tune with the spirit of Hebron.
My hearts desire and longing is that there will be a surge of desire and longing among the keepers of the faith, to always keep in the front of our minds, in our hearts and revealed deep to the depths of our soul, the Covenants between G-d and humanity and between G-d and the Jewish People: Abraham and the Brit Bein Habesarim, the Akeida, binding of Isaac, Jacob's dream on Temple Mount, Moses and the burning bush that did not get consumed, the generation of the desert and the Sin of the Spies. The Torah, especially in Sefer Devarim, aka Mishne Torah, is filled with numerous Commandments in the Torah that must be observed on Temple Mount and dependent on the Land of Israel itself.
In answer to the response "So come to Israel first and then you can have an impact": The Torah was given to all Jews at Sinai and not in Eretz Yisroel. The Torah represents all Jews and not only Jews who are Israeli citizens. Zocher Habrit is a Covenant with the seed of Noah and the seed of our Forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob whether or not they reside in Israel or are Israeli citizens.
I like to learn from our enemies. Upon winning the election, the Muslim Brotherhood victorious winner Morsi announced that he doesn't only represent Egyptians in Egypt but also Egyptians who live outside of Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood think global. Also they believe every inch of Israel belongs to Palestine. Surely we must learn from them that we must think on a grand scale and be more proactive in proclaiming that every inch of Israel belongs to Israel.
We seem to have forgotten our Covenenent. Sadly, the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas fills our void unfortunately. Please read Paul Eidelberg's latest article. How can we fight our enemies out to destroy us? All we really need is to learn the message of Shemittah and condition ourselves to trust G-d. Emuna Peshuta. Once we get G-d on our side, no enemy is strong enough, no weapon powerful enough. It is simplistic and brilliant and really there is no other way.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Prophecy of Anwar Sadat:
Time to Call a Spade a Spade
Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President
Israel-America Renaissance Institute
Contrary to the tepid analyses of Drs. Dore Gold and Daniel Pipes regarding Mohamad Morsi's victory in Egypt's presidential election, Israel has more to worry about than they suggest about the results of that election, and for at least three ominous reasons of which they are not unaware:
(1) Morsi is a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood now poised to sweep over Egypt and render Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel a dead letter.
(2) Rabid Jew-hatred permeates the people of Egypt and its state-controlled media.
(3) The U.S. has supplied Egypt's ambitious military establishment with billions of dollars of sophisticated military hardware.
Item (3) was part of a U.S. "payoff" to Anwar Sadat's for his historic November 1977 visit to Jerusalem, which signified that brilliant strategist's severing Egypt's alliance with the Soviet Union and adopting a pro-American foreign policy. Although it remains to be seen how Egypt's military echelon will relate to the Muslim Brotherhood, optimism is not in order: both parties hate Israel.
Turning to Mohamad Morsi: he is an alumnus of Cairo University and the University of Southern California. Dr. Morsi, now a member of Egypt's parliament, is the Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), founded by the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
In Morsy's official biography, which appears on the Brotherhood's English-language website, Ikhwanweb.com, it proudly lists him as a "founder-member of the Egyptian Resist the Zionist Project Committee."
In a recently posted video (http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3476.htm
) on the MEMRI.org website, we can listen to a speech Morsi gave in Cairo on May 13, 2012 in which he declared: "The Koran is our constitution. The Prophet Muhammad is our leader. Jihad is our path. And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration" (Voice of Russia, May 13).
As Michael Freund warns: "Don't let various pundits and talking heads fool you when they deploy loaded terms such as "moderate" to describe the Muslim Brotherhood or its leaders. Morsi and his comrades are a band of extremists and fanatics bent on religious, social and political domination whose agenda does not stop at the Egyptian border" (Jerusalem Post, June 28, 2012).
Morsi is called an "Islamist"—a monotonous euphemism for Muslims who typically harbor an Islamo-Nazi mentality. That Hamas cheered Morsi's victory is also unsurprising: Hamas is the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Perhaps Drs. Gold and Pipes should take another look at the Hamas Covenant, for this document speaks for its patron and therefore may reveal something ominous about Morsi, but muted by those experts.
I call that document the "Hamas Covenant of Death." It is a blood-curdling expression of the "Islamist" love affair with death, or what Michael Ledeen calls "necrophilia" in Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West (2009). Dr. Ledeen's book, we note in passing, documents the necrophilia of Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who had thousands of Iranian children blown to bits walking across Iraqi land mines in Iran-Iraqi war. This is the same Ahmadinejad who screams "Death to America" and vows to "wipe Israel off the map."
But let us examine the Hamas Covenant of Death, for it manifests the demonic or demented mentality of Ahmadinejad. And here it should be noted that although Morsi, unlike Ahmadinejad, is a Sunni and not a Shiite Muslim, this is little more than a distinction without a difference. Time to call a spade a spade.
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it ..." Thus begins the Hamas Covenant of Death, officially known as "The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement," which, as indicated, is inspired by the mentality of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now, to grasp the true nature of the war Muslims—Sunni and Shiite—have waged against Jews and the State of Israel, let us explore some passages of that Covenant.
The Covenant refers to the Muslim Arabs of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza as a single "squadron" of the "vast Islamic world." "Our struggle against the Jews is very great," and this struggle will go on "until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realized."
The Covenant explicitly refers to the Islamic Resistance Movement as "one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine." It calls on all Muslims to "raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors, so that they would rid the land and the people of their uncleanness, vileness and evils." Contrary to the puerilities of the media and the obscurantism of "experts,' the Muslim Brotherhood is not simply a fanatical sect of Islam; it lives authentic Islam, resurgent and animated by the global ambitions of the seventh-century Mohammed, after whom Egypt's new president is named.
The Covenant continues: "The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinguished Palestinian movement, whose allegiance to Allah, and whose way of life is Islam. It strives to raise the banner of Islam over every inch of Palestine." In contrast to the short-term pragmatism of democracies, "The Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realization of Allah's promise no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: 'The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight and kill the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'"
Unlike the signatories of the American Declaration of Independence, whose fondest wish was for all mankind to enjoy the rights to "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, the of the Islamic Covenant teaches Muslims that "Death for the sake of Allah as the loftiest of wishes." Indeed, the Covenant declares that these Muslims are prepared to drench "Palestine" with blood. Hence democratic opinion makers and decision makers should understand that Muslims are not about to be bought off with the bourgeois policy of "territory for peace." This policy arouses Muslim contempt for Jews; it makes Jewish blood cheap by making the Holy Land cheap.
This is the same policy of appeasement that truncated and dismantled Czechoslovakia and led to the Second World War. It is a liberal-leftwing policy, and it is quite prevalent today among multicultural relativists in Israel, in America, and in Europe—and is pursued by many experts and policy-makers afraid to call a spade a spade when speaking of Islam. Contrast this tough and unambiguous statement of the Hamas wing of the Muslim Brotherhood: "The Land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for the future for the future Muslim generations until Judgment Day. It, or any part of it, should not be given up."
With utter contempt for Israelis and Americans who call for a "two-state solution" to the conflict between Israel and the "Palestinians"—a mindless manifestation of moral equivalence—the Hamas Covenant of Death proclaims, "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors," which describes the bland, democratic menu of men without chests.
Lacking is the stamina to confront and overcome the hydra of another "evil empire," whose Covenant is deadlier than the Communist Manifesto. "The day the enemies usurp part of Muslim land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Muslim. It is [therefore] necessary to instill in the minds of the Muslim generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis." Hence the Covenant enjoins upon Muslims the following oath: "I swear by the holder of Muhammad's soul that I would like to invade and be killed for the sake of Allah, then invade and be killed, and then invade again and be killed."
With the Muslim Brotherhood poised to reign over Egypt—but therefore the Sinai—and with Hamas entrenched in Gaza, we are witnessing a process pointing to the fulfillment of the prophecy of Anwar Sadat, or so we may conclude from these statements of his:
● In a Cairo Mosque Sadat proclaimed that "The jihad is a religious duty of all Muslims."
—John Laffin, The Arab Mind Considered (New York: Taplinger, 1975), 152.
● Interviewed in al-Anwar on June 22, 1975, Sadat declared: "The effort of our generation is to return to the 1967 borders. Afterward the next generation will carry the responsibility."
—Y. Harkabi, Arab Strategies and Israel's Response (New York: Free Press, 1977), 55.
● Finally, in an October 19, 1980 interview with the New York Times, Sadat boasted: "Poor Menachem [Begin], he has his problems ... After all, I got back ... the Sinai and the Alma oil fields, and what has Menachem got? A piece of paper"
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