Friday, May 01, 2015

Cry No More Yerushalayim - Nepal and Yazidis. Israel - A Nation of Priests who carries the Troubles of the World on its Shoulders.


I don't know if I was in an exceptionally emotional mood today but email after email left me crying...

It started with videos from Nepal.

The 60 Second Video About Israel in Nepal That Will Amaze You!

From Israel Defense Forces

Nepal: Israeli Field Hospital Treats 'Miracle' Survivor. International effort: US, Nepalese teams rescue 11-year-old girl, 15-year-old boy who miraculously survived for days under the rubble.

Watch: Nepalese Man Thanks Israel in Hebrew for Saving his Mom.'Israel is helping us, we'll be okay then' - man who worked in Israel thanks IDF for fixing his mother's leg broken in earthquake disaster.
Watch: 'It's Just Amazing, the Whole IDF is in Nepal' 
New video documents IDF evacuating stranded Israeli tourists to field hospital, and efforts there to save wounded Nepalese.

I was being embraced with reports from Nepal

Chabad Center Serves 2,000 Meals in a Single Day to Nepalis
Emissaries continue to help and house the stranded, and expect to feed even more people tomorrow By Faygie Levy   |   April 29, 2015 

While Chani Lifshitz was serving up 2,000 meals to Nepalis outside the Chabad House in Kathmandu, her husband, Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz, was out in a helicopter rescuing travelers,and their children were being hosted at the home of Israel's President Reuven Rivlin.

An Inside Look at the IDF's Unique Medical Technology in Nepal
Published on: April 28, 2015

I couldn't help but cry.  I asked myself. Why are you crying. This is a good thing what Israel is doing.  You don't even know the people affected by the Earthquake. 

Maybe because I saw these people whom I don't know being treated with humnanity after a terrible disaster.  Maybe because I was so grateful that all the Israeli's in Nepal, and there were hundreds, other than one, was accounted for. Even for this Israeli there is good reason to be optimistic.  Maybe because finally after being bombarded with such false negative pr about Israel the truth is being revealed about Israel. Surely the world will begin to recognize a G-dly Israel. Surely, the prophesy of Isaiah, and Micha,  the Nations of the world streaming to Jerusalem, is within reach... 

The pride of President Reuven Rivlin of Israel for what Chabad is doing in Nepal,  seeing a tremendous Kiddush Hashem also from the IDF  is enough to make one cry... in a good way.

From Imra: Table: Israel sent largest team to Nepal - source: CNN
Israel 260
UK 68
China 62
US 54
South Korea 40
Taiwan 20
Italy 15
France 11
Switzerland 6
Figures as of April 27, 2015

...and then my friend Renanah from Toronto, a student of Weissmandl sent me a video about the Yazidi's that really turned on the faucet..

"Yezidi's speak" a special event presented by "Canadian Jews and Friends" Start it at the beginning. around 36 minutes. Published on Apr 28, 2015. The Yeziti people of Northern Iraq speak at a special event in Toronto.   Please watch this youtube in its entirety.  The women Yazidi speakers were crying.  I was crying....  This is unadulterated evil, genocide, brutality reminiscent of the Holocaust and it is presently on Israel's northern border with Syria. The threat to us is real.  Unless we address it and fight it and help the victims to cope....the evil will spread.  The evil is happening as I write this.... There are many victims who are still in harms way.  Let us share their pain and let us pray and try to follow Renanah's lead,  and her group in Toronto who are actively planning another event to help the Yezidi's, to  fight and stop evil from gaining strength and from inflicting more pain and suffering on innocents....

While I had read about the genocide and about the slave trade of the Yazidi women and blogged extensively about it , watching this video and listening to first hand reports brought out raw emotions.

I chanced upon  this documentary put out by PBS "Freed but not Freed: Yezidi girls who escaped Islamic State trapped by Trauma" Last summer, militants from the Islamic State group attacked a small ethnic group called the Yazidis, executing men and taking thousands of women and girls as slaves. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs reports from Northern Iraq on the rape, violence, threats and harrowing escapes that some young women endured and their continuing struggles with psychological trauma and stigma.

This documentary served to authenticate and validate further as if I had any doubts.....

This is terribly painful because it was perpetrated by humans who act more like animals.  It wasn't an earthquake.  It didn't have to happen...How can humans behave like this as one of the speakers at the Toronto event cried????.

Like in Nepal, the Toronto Jewish community demonstrated how Jews demonstrate compassion, humanity in the face of evil, feel and  empathize with the pain of others, with strangers not even Jewish,  and try to the best of their ability to help in whatever capacity to ease their pain to address the injustice of it all. We shoulder the burden with them. We cry with them.   We are all members under G-d's Kingdom.  Sometimes we know that there are situations where certain peoples deserve what they get.  We understand Divine Justice. What goes around come around.  But the Yazidi's are not from this group. They like the Jews are the innocent victims and not from the perpetrators...

As a Jew I suddenly understood  our role as a Jew and the blessing of Benjamin the Tribe in whose lot falls the the Holy Temple.  

יב לְבִנְיָמִן אָמַר יְדִיד יְהֹוָה יִשְׁכֹּן לָבֶטַח עָלָיו חֹפֵף עָלָיו כָּל הַיּוֹם וּבֵין כְּתֵפָיו שָׁכֵן
12 And of Benjamin he said, "The Lord's beloved one shall dwell securely beside Him; He protects him all day long, and He dwells between his shoulders."

Rashi: And of Benjamin he said: Since Levi's blessing pertains to the sacrificial service, and Benjamin's blessing pertains to building the Holy Temple within his territory, Moses juxtaposed one to the other.

Like the High Priest, the Kohen Gadol,  who wears the names of the Tribes of Israel on his shoulders, the Nation of Israel is a Kingdom of Priests for the World, shouldering the disasters, natural or man made, with the troubles of the world on its shoulders and G-d resides between the shoulders of his Chosen People, Chosen to carry this very heavy burden,  on the H-ly Mount where the Nations of the world will one day stream....

Temple Mount - Har Habayit - All the Nations shall stream to it- 
The word that Isaiah, son of Amoz, prophesied concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  And it shall be at the end of the days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be firmly established at the top of the mountains, and it shall be raised above the hills, and all the nations shall stream to it.  And many peoples shall go, and they shall say, "Come, let us go up to the Lord's mount, to the house of the God of Jacob, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths," for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

And it shall be at the end of the days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be firmly established at the top of the mountains, and it shall be raised above the hills, and peoples shall stream upon it.  And many nations shall go, and they shall say, "Come, let us go up to the Lord's mount and to the house of the God of Jacob, and let Him teach us of His ways, and we will go in His paths," for out of Zion shall the Torah come forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 3 And he shall judge between many peoples and reprove mighty nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations shall not lift the sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore.

Maybe G-d in His wisdom understood that Benjamin is the son of Rachel.  Rachel is a Mother who cries for her children to return. As Rachel cries for her sons, G-d cries for all His children, the sons of Noah, governed by the 7 Noahide Laws, the Universal laws of morality, to also return to Him.

Cry No More Jerusalem..... Cry No More - Official music video by Shwekey (1,546,397 hits as of this post)


Robin Ticker
Activist emails sent to my list  are L'Ilui Nishmat Yisrael ben David Aryeh ob"m (Izzy - Kaplan) and Howard Chaim Grief great activists and lovers of Eretz Yisroel, Am Yisroel and the Torah. Yehi Zichronum Baruch.  May their memories serve as a blessing.

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