Thursday, July 20, 2006

ISRAEL @ WAR: What's G-d got to do with it???

The Jewish State of Israel continues to defend itself (on 3 fronts) against enemies who seek nothing short of her destruction.

During this difficult period, questions are being asked with the aim of determining how the Jewish State came to find itself in this precarious situation; what steps could the Jewish State have taken that might have better prepared her to deal with this situation (or avoid it altogether); and what steps the Jewish State can be taking presently (and in the future) to ensure that the Jewish State never again finds herself in such a predicament.

(Un)Coincidentally enough, to find the answer to these questions, all one need do is take a look at this week's Torah portion (Parshat Matot - Mas'ei), where the Jewish People are preparing to cross the Jordan River and begin their conquest of the Land of Israel. At this moment, the G-d of Israel instructs the Jewish People as to what their policy should be towards the enemy nations that inhabit the Land of Israel, and what will befall the Jewish People (then and now), should they fail to heed the Word of G-d:

Hashem spoke to Moshe in the plains of Mo'av by the Jordan (river) at Yericho, saying - Speak to the Children of Israel and tell them, When you pass over the Jordan into the Land of Cana'an, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their idols, and destroy all their molten images and demolish all their high places. And you shall take possession of the land and dwell therein - for to you have I given the land to possess it...

But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those who you let remain of them be as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they shall torment you in the land in which you dwell. It shall happen that as I thought to do to them, so will I do to you. (Numbers 33: 50-53, 55-56)

These verses from the Torah - the Words of the Living G-d - speak for themselves, and they are, as is the case with the rest of the Torah, as relevant today as the day the Torah was first given at Mt. Sinai, over 3,000 years ago - when the Jewish People uttered the words "We will do, and we will listen".

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4 Comments:

peshat!

By Anonymous daat y, at Thu Jul 20, 02:03:00 PM GMT+3  

Ze'ev, there is another and extremely relevant parshah that just passed. Parshat Chukat, in which a Jewish slave is kidnapped by the nation of Aram, and what did Moshe Rabbenu do? He destroyed Aram, killing every man, women and child, and tearing down their cities. That is how to respond to the kidnapping of a Jew.

By Anonymous kahaneloyalist, at Thu Jul 20, 02:34:00 PM GMT+3  

Hi!Ze'eve, ISAIAH 34; Draw near, O nations, to hear, and hearken, O peoples! Let the earth listen, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it.2 For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host, he has doomed them, has given them over for slaughter.3 Their slain shall be cast out, and the stench of their corpses shall rise; the mountains shall flow with their blood.4 All the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll. All their host shall fall, as leaves fall from the vine, like leaves falling from the fig tree,5 For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; behold, it descends for judgment upon Edom, upon the people I have doomed. Also read ISAIAH 30:15-22, which can be relevant today as in NUMBERS that you post here. I am a Christian and He(HOLY SPIRIT)said;"WestBank weaponry has penetrated us." We are G-d's people just as much as you are. We will be one with you...I feel the ALIYAH!....KUMAH! ISAIAH 35:8;And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein.10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. PSALM 33:1 Good people , cheer God! Right-living people sound best when praising. PSALM 76:10 Instead of smoldering rage-God praise! All that sputtering rage- now a garland for God!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jul 29, 09:55:00 PM GMT+3  

I'm glad to see you all support a political agenda based on a writings of a God who couldn't possibly exist.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Jul 31, 11:02:00 PM GMT+3  

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