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The Dread of Menachem-Av Has Arrived

Menachem-Av is upon us and the current government of Israel is helping us to feel the dread associated with the loss/absence of the Beth HaMiqdash (may it soon be rebuilt).

Today it was announced that there is an amnesty for 180 shedders of Jewish blood in an effort to prop up the current leader of the Amelikite kingdom of Arafatistan. As I told a friend at lunch, I feel better when we're fighting a war and doing the "right thing" rather than "making peace" and doing the wrong thing. These terrorists have not done tshuva, nor have the orchestrators of Oslo and the Destruction of Gush Katif. Tshuva requires a confession and a regret of one's sins. Neither group has done this.

And we can only hope that rumors of a "piece deal" on the Golan are only smoke and mirrors designed to keep a crooked Prime Minister out of the slammer. My friend thought that losing part of the Golan in a war would be an easy way for the government to "buy off" Syria without public debate about retreating. That's even too cynical for me to have imagined.

Not ironically, the mastermind of Oslo, Shimon Heres, is being coronated as President of Israel. The media are giddy as they explain how he won't fulfill the ceremonial office to which he was elected by the Knesset but will instead assume a partisan political agenda that will bring peace to the region (and maybe even an end of world hunger).

All is all, it's enough to create a pit in your stomach, a sinking feeling, and the desire to tear your clothes put on sackcloth and ashes and recite loads of Tehillim, especially:

Former Prime Minister Moshe Sharett captured the spirit of the day when he wrote in his diary in 1957:
I have stated that I totally and utterly reject [Shimon] Peres and consider his rise to prominence a malignant, immoral disgrace. I will rend my clothes in mourning for the State if I see him become a minister in the Israeli government.

As a believing Jew, I would agree and request of the Creator, using the words of quote King David (Psalm 83):
Fill their faces with shame and then they will seek Thy name, HASHEM.


Anonymous said…
B'ittah or achishena.
Robert Stein said…
We are become a taunt to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us... Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not, and upon the kingdoms that call not upon Thy name.

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