Ariel Sharon, the Israeli media and the Art of Prayer...
You hear it on the radio...
You read it in the newspapers...
You see it on TV...
Everyone is calling on the Israeli public to pray for Ariel Sharon.
With all these calls to prayer coming from the Israeli media, I began wondering whether or not these calls were genuine, or merely a form of lip service.
Israel's media is run (and staffed) predominantly with the most secular segment of Israel's (Jewish ) population. I recall hearing of a survey once, that found that approximately 70% of Israel's media personalities do not fast on Yom Kippur - even though between 70 - 80% of the Jewish population in Israel does.
As such, here are a few questions:
* When the Israeli media calls for everyone to pray for the recovery of Ariel Sharon - do they really mean it?
* If so, since the majority of these media personalities do not believe in G-d, at least not the G-d of Israel, who are they suggesting people pray to?
* And, if the majority of these Israeli media personalities do not believe in G-d, then what value does prayer, in their eyes, have in the first place?
* Are the calls by Israel's media for prayer intended to only be taken seriously by traditional Jews?