Monday, November 17, 2014

Yazidi's: Do they also practice Ye'hareg V'al Ya'avor (יהרג ואל יעבור, or "be killed but do not transgress"). Let us heed their cry for help.....


Friends, amv"sh

There are three areas of prohibition that may not be trespassed under any circumstances, even to save a human life. While these three areas of Jewish law are often informally referred to as the "three cardinal sins," they actually encompass many more than a mere three prohibitions. They all involve murder, sexual misconduct and foreign worship. The governing principle here is called ye'hareg v'al ya'avor (יהרג ואל יעבור, or "be killed but do not transgress").  ...Additionally, Leviticus 19:16 states, "You shall not stand by the blood of your fellow." The Talmud derives from this verse that one must do everything in his or her power to save the life of another Jew, even if this involves violation of one or more of the mitzvot. If it is the life of a non-Jew or apostate Jew that is in danger, the law is not so clear, and is the matter of some debate, however it is certainly within the spirit of the law, if not the letter. This also touches on Judaism's views regarding other religions; 

What I've noticed about the Yazidi's is that they are willing to die for their religion and their women are willing to die so as not to be taken by the enemy.  These are reminiscent of the concept of Yehareg Veal Yaavor.
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Date: Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 10:14 PM
Subject: FW: Urgent Cry of the Yazidi's

Thank you Robin for the information you have compiled below.  Please see above a picture of Yezidi fighters (ezidipress).  I feel deep deep shame that have so little weapons and protection.  They are brave, facing ISIS .  They are prepared to die but are we even prepared to learn about them, to listen to their pleas for arms - SO THAT THEY CAN DESTROY OUR ENEMY WITHOUT OUR HAVING TO SPILL OUR BLOOD ?
 I am asking my fellow Jews to step up with me and redeem in some small way the merit of behaving as the children of Hashem,  towards Hashem's other children who need our help now, and who in times past have helped us when we needed them, the Yezidis, with whom Judaism has a long history of friendship.
"One day you too will beat your breasts because you will realize that you could have helped us and you did not."  Rabbi Dov Weissmandl
Desperately praying,
Renanah Gemeiner
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:57:02 -0500Subject: Urgent Cry of the Yazidi'sFrom:


re: Yazidis: Emergency Situation in Mt. Sinjar; Immediate Intervention Needed! Please help! November 2014

Yazidi lawmaker Mahma Khalil said the Yazidis in Kocho were given the choice to convert or die. “When the residents refused to do this, the massacre took place,” he said. 

Militants massacre 80 Yazidis; airstrikes target insurgents around Iraq's largest dam August 2014

Harrowing reports have surfaced of the endless rape and torture being imposed on Yazidi women and girls, with many opting for mass-suicide after the brutalities.

for more information on the Yazidi's

Who are the Yazidis and why are they being persecuted in Iraq?


Robin Ticker
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