Posts tagged middle east.

My Dear Nemesis (You Gotta Read Genesis)

"I just read your post regarding why there is no peace. I understand that in this world we have to empathize with another person. However what i don't get is how not hearing another's reasoning impedes on a peace process. In my opinion someone strapping an explosive vest on themselves and blowing up a bud full of men, women and children is what impedes a peace process. We are not at "war" amongst ourselves as jews or israelis. It's the violence towards Israel that impedes and prevents peace..." by elsarge28

I completely agree with you - negotiations will not be effective nor will peace be achieved if terrorism is still condoned. We’re on the same page - terrorism needs to be denounced in order to continue the ‘peace process’.

However, I think the point I made earlier is still relevant - if genuine academic discussion and debate cannot be achieved amongst Jewish young adults, it’s probably impossible for that to be replicated on a larger level. 

Also, re: ‘war amongst ourselves’. Sadly, I disagree with you. I think the current situation and the divide between the left and the right, the religious and the non-religious is steadily growing and becoming more and more severe. Rather than focusing on what unites us as a people, we’re focusing on our differences and further dividing ourselves. As a small people that constitute a tiny fraction of the world’s population this is dangerous attitude. In order to ensure our survival, we must be a united front and act as brothers who truly care and love each other. As Menachem Begin famously said “מלחמת אחים לעולם לא!”

רה”מ נתניהו מתייחס לתוכנית הגרעין של איראן

Happy Passover Bro!

It Takes Two - Peace In The Middle East


Article calls for Iranian strike on Israel.
Detailed plans to destroy Israel.
Netanyahu: We heard Iranian ruler call for our destruction.

Love you too! NOT.

Mum: So what did Iran say they'll do to Israel?
Me: Be mean and hurt us
Mum: What is politics? A playground?!

"We have received a reminder about what kind of a neighborhood we live in. We heard the Iranian ruler’s remarks about the elimination of Israel. We saw the Syrian army massacre its own people. We have seen bloody events in our region. Various leaders have no moral compunctions about killing their neighbors and their own people alike.

In such a region, the only thing that ensures our existence, security and prosperity is our strength. We are obligated to continue to develop the military, economic and social strength of the State of Israel. This is also the only guarantee for the existence of peace and the only defense for Israel should the peace unravel.

Developing Israel’s strength is this Government’s main issue.”


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

פרשת וארא

This week’s Parsha begins with G-d telling Moses that He has heard the cries of His people and He will redeem them. In addition to this, at this point, G-d tells Moses that He will give the Land of Israel to the Israelites as their “inheritance” (also translated as “heritage”).

וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם אֶל הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר נָשָׂאתִי אֶת יָדִי לָתֵת אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָהָם לְיִצְחָק וּלְיַעֲקֹב וְנָתַתִּי אֹתָהּ לָכֶם מוֹרָשָׁה אֲנִי יְ־הֹוָ־ה

I will bring you to the land, concerning which I raised My hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and I will give it to you as a heritage; I am the Lord.’

(Exodus 6:8)

The only other time the word מוֹרָשָׁה is used in the Five Books of Moses is as a description of the Torah, just before the Israelites were to enter the Land of Israel.

. תּוֹרָה צִוָּה לָנוּ מֹשֶׁה מוֹרָשָׁה קְהִלַּת יַעֲקֹב:

The Torah that Moses commanded us is a legacy for the congregation of Jacob.

(Deuteronomy 33:4)

Rashi comments on this phrase and simply writes

אחזנוה ולא נעזבנה

We have taken hold of it, and we will not forsake it!

(Rashi on Deuteronomy 33:4)

Rasi’s commentary is written in relation to the actual Torah; however, as the word מוֹרָשָׁה is used only once previously in the Torah, a גזרה שווה (a parallel) between the two phrases exists and Rashi’s commentary on Deuteronomy can also explain the verse in Exodus. Therefore we learn, that  once we

"have taken hold of [the land of Israel] we will not forsake it".

We cannot give away or divide the Land of Israel, our “heritage” and “inheritance” which G-d Himself gave to us. In recent years, we’ve seen how the ‘land for peace’ strategy works - it doesn’t!

The גזרה שווה, the parallel, teaches us another lesson. Just as the Land of Israel is our “inheritance” so is the Torah. The Torah is meant to be kept in its entirety.  There are many Mitzvot that can be only completed in the Land of Israel. We’re supposed to observe our “inheritance” in the Land of Israel, which is also our “inheritance!” However, if we do not observe the Torah in the Land of Israel - the Land of Israel, we will no longer be worthy to live there.

ארץ ישראל בלי תורה היא כגוף בלי נשמה

The Land of Israel without the Torah, is like a body without a soul

The word מוֹרָשָׁה  has the root י.ר.ש. This root can can mean inherit, but in some contexts, it can also mean dispossess or remove. If we do not observe the Torah in the Land of Israel, we will be removed from the Land of Israel and we will dispossess her.

With the help of G-d, we will all soon make Aliyah and live in the Land of Israel, our inheritance whilst observing the laws of the Torah - also our inheritance. We are lucky to be living in the 21st century, where Israel is once again the centre of all Torah learning - for the first time since the Destruction of the Temple. There are thousands of Shules and Batei Midrash all over our tiny country and the words of Torah are always in the air.  However, we must remember that although the Land of Israel is our inheritance, we must hold on to her and never forsake her or divide her.

Have a good Shabbos and a hearty Mazel Tov, to one of my favourite cousins and her new son.

Let Me Introduce Myself, My Name is Israel