Prophecies Made-Prophecies Fulfilled

Numerous articles have been written about the State of Israel’s remarkable achievements. However, very few show how what we are witnessing in our lifetimes was predicted by way of prophecy more than two thousand years ago.

Rav Shmuel Eliyahu researched this topic extensively. Much of what will be presented here, is based on a lecture given by Rav Eliyahu in the holy city of Tzfat. (The Rav gave me his blessings to translate his ideas into English.)

Aliya: In Deuteronomy, Chapter 30, Moses tells the nation, “And G-d will return your captives. He will have mercy on you and gather you from among the nations.” Two hundred years ago, there were only 7,000 Jews living in Israel. Before World War One, the number grew to 84,000. Today, there are more than six and a half million Jews living in Israel.

Victory over our enemies: In Leviticus Chapter 26, the Torah says, “And five of you will chase 100, and 100 of you will chase 10,000. Israel’s war victories were a fulfillment of this verse. This was especially true in 1967 when seven Arab nations called for Israel’s destruction. Israel defeated them all in just six days!

Economic and agricultural abundance: In Deuteronomy Chapter 7, the prophecy reads, “And G-d will show His love for you and will bless you and give you abundance to the fruit of the womb and the fruit of the earth.” Israel’s economy is among the most stable in the world. Israel’s cows produce more milk daily than any cow in the world. We see this abundance in the produce of the land.

Rebuilding of cities: In Ezekiel 36, the prophet predicts, “And the desolate land shall be worked after it was utter desolation to all who passed by. And the destroyed cities will again be rebuilt.” From 1950 to today, we grew from 771 settled areas to 1084. During the same period, Arab settlements only grew 109 to 136.

Paving new roads: The Book of Isaiah, Chapter 57, says the following: “Prepare the way. Take the stumbling blocks out of the way of My people.” This prophecy refers to the actual paving of roads that will ultimately lead to Jerusalem. In 1960, there were 6,570 kilometers of highways in Israel. Today, 18,482 kilometers of highway. The numerous entrances to Jerusalem is a clear Messianic sign.

The rebuilding of Jerusalem: The Prophet Zechariah, Chapter 6, predicted,” And old men and old women will again dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, with young boy and girls playing in these streets.” One hundred years ago there were 45,000 Jews living in Jerusalem. Today, more than 650,000.

Returning to tradition: Again, Ezekiel 36, predicts, “And I will pour waters of purification upon you. And you will purified from all of your impurities. And you will be given a new heart. You will be My people, and I will be Your G-d.” Statistics have shown a sharp rise in the enrollment of young children to religious schools over the secular. The country has clearly become more religious.

Israel’s contributions to the world: Deuteronomy Chapter 4 states, “Only a wise and understanding people. This great nation.” Israel’s technological advancements as well as their inventions in the fields of medicine and the military, are the envy of the world. The same is true of Israel’s disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners.

Diplomatic Relations: Isaiah, in Chapter 62 declares, “And the nations will see your righteousness, and kings will honor you.” The past thirty years has seen Israel double its diplomatic ties from eighty nations to one hundred and sixty. Israel is respected and admired throughout the world.

Fall of our enemies: Deuteronomy Chapter 30 says, “And G-d will place all of the curses on your enemies and pursuers.” There is virtually no religious persecution for Jews anywhere in the world. For the first time since Temple days, Jews are free to practice their religious beliefs. This is truly amazing.

End of Exile: Leviticus 26 states, “And you will be destroyed among the nations. And you will be devoured in the lands of your enemies.” The number of Jews living in the Diaspora continues to diminish. This is primarily due to assimilation and the increase in Israel’s population. This, too was predicted and is taking place before our very eyes.

Israel’s future: Isaiah Chapter 69 predicts, “ Shall I bring to the time of birth and not cause delivery?” This is a clear and strong statement that the world cannot but acknowledge that G-d loves His people, Israel. These prophecies clearly show the special relationship between G-d and Israel.

Rav Eliyahu said that this research that clearly shows how we have been so fortunate to see these numerous prophecies fulfilled in our lifetimes, serves another purpose as well. Instead of trying to prove G-s’s existence by way of theology, it is even more effective by showing what was written then, and fulfilled. Nobody could doubt the truth of G-d and our religion.



Those Inspiring Converts

There is well known rabbinic dictum that says that converts to Judaism are like thorns. Some interpret this to mean that often they prove to be insincere and a burden. While others explain this to mean that the converts are so special that they outshine those born into our faith.

I have been working with converts for more than two decades at Machon Meir. We have received men and women from all over the world. Recently we converted individuals from places like Kenya and Namibia. And currently our conversion candidates come from the Philippines, Germany, Poland, and Canada.

All of these unique individuals share one thing in common. They are passionate in their desire to join our faith, and they are passionate in their love for the Land of Israel.

Many are disowned by their families who believe they will suffer in eternity for making such a foolish decision. Recently, a student told me that his father was so furious that he was becoming Jewish, he cut him out of his will. His portion that he forfeited was in the neighborhood of two million dollars!

A common story that is told is the impression they received on their first visit to Israel. On numerous occasions, I’ve seen these incredible people get teary eyed when they recount that special feeling when they walked the streets of Jerusalem. Something inside of them, told them they were in a holy place. This holy land must become their home.

Despite the difficulty of being in a new country without the connections of influential family members, they are content to duke ir out here. They are not proud and they are prepared to take on whatever work they can, in order to pay their bills.

The most common reason given for their decision to convert, is the State of Israel. In their search for truth, they are unable to accept Christian doctrine that G-d has abandoned the Jews. When they see our flourishing country filled with over six and a half million Jews, they do not see us as rejected. When they witness the numerous Torah establishments and the study of G-d’s law abounds, we do not look rejected. And the same is true of our army, modern cities and high-tech achievement. It is crystal clear. The Jews have come home. The Jews are G-d’s chosen people, and His love for His people, is as strong as ever.

Their search for truth is over. They feel the magic and uniqueness of the Jewish nation. Their desire to become Jewish and help strengthen our country, burns within them. Many join the IDF after conversion. None have been dissuaded by the unpleasantness of having to go through circumcision as adults. They eagerly run to fulfill this final step in the conversion process.

It is understandable why I have a deep love, respect, and admiration for my students. I see it as my duty to do all I can to help them through the process. They deserve every bit of assistance that can be given.

One of the most beautiful weddings I ever attended, was the wedding of my Kenyan student to an Ethiopian lawyer. Here was a young man who grew up not knowing what running water or electricity was. Because of his desire to become part of our people, he was blessed to meet the love of his life and stand under a Chuppa, wedding canopy, in holy matrimony. The love and joy felt by everyone at that wedding, was beyond description.

It is very obvious to me what the Rabbis meant when they said that converts are like thorns. They put to shame Jews of privilege who for some reason are denied their passion for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. We have a great deal to learn from my converts. I love them. They inspire me.

Blame it on Judaism

There are two stories concerning two different uncles that occurred approximately eighty years ago. Both incidents ended in a tragic outcome.

The first story took place in Chicago and involved my great-uncle (who was born on 3.3.03, March 3, 1903), and my uncle. The uncle was a young boy. He was taking a walk with the great-uncle and they were met by an observant Jew. He asked whether the young boy was wearing Tzitzit, the traditional four cornered garment with fringes, under his shirt.

This led to an impromptu examination as to whether the boy maintained his religious obligation. When it was revealed that the Tzitzit were missing, the boy was slapped in the face for his transgression. This “slap in the face” was the slap that meant good riddance to anything that resembled traditional Jews. I have heard this story on numerous occasions that “explained” why my uncle was not a practicing Jew.

At around the same time in India, a different uncle was asked to help make a Minyan, the necessary quorum of ten men needed to recite holy prayers. This uncle was a teenager at the time. He was horrified to see that this group of Jews, refused to count a black Jew as part of the Minyan. It was clear that the racism of these so called pious Jews, denied the possibility of praying in the Synagogue.

This was the episode that caused this second uncle to become “allergic” to religious observance. He wanted no part of a religion that acts in such a despicable manner.

Then there are the more recent instances, where observant educators disgrace their students for not meeting up to Jewish dress codes. This is done in such a degrading and humiliating tone, that the student becomes turned off for life to Jewish Law or anything that reminds them of this horrible teacher.

Judaism also gets blamed when religious figures treat others less observant in a degrading manner. They act in a superior “holier than thou” manner. They act in such a superior fashion that it causes the degraded to despise Judaism. They want no part of a religion whose adherents act in such a manner.

It appears that many, many families can tell similar stories explaining why traditional Jewish practices were abandoned. The narratives are similar as are the end results.

I often remind my students the huge responsibility they have, just by having a Kippa, or skullcap on their head. They might be the only observant Jew that the person they come in contact with, will ever meet. The opinion they have of the religious may be based on that one encounter.

While all of the above is true, and such situations do take place regularly, the conclusions drawn are so unfair. It is difficult to tell a young boy or teenager that he is being intellectually dishonest, but he is.

If one were to search a little deeper, he might find many more upstanding and pious Jews, than those who bring shame to our religion. There are many stories connected to the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Shneerson, where upon meeting a Jew, he would express the importance of Shabbat and Kashrut observances. The Rebbe would explain the benefits of such observance. And the Jew would be so moved by the rabbi’s great piety, that he began living a traditional observant way of life.

Dr. Eliezer Berkovits, in his book, “Faith after the Holocaust”, made a distinction between those who actually witnessed the atrocities of the Shoah, and those who only heard about. Dr. Berkovitz felt that if someone was there and abandoned his faith, it was understandable. But those who were not there and blamed the Holocaust for their lack of faith, were cowards.

It is certainly clear that anyone identifying himself with traditional Judaism, must go to great lengths to live in such a way, that all will admire the beauty of our sacred religion. If their representation of Judaism is ugly, they are desecrating the Name of G-d.

But for the uncles and ridiculed students who left Judaism because of the bad behavior of one individual, they need to rethink what they have abandoned. The traditions and observances that began on Mount Sinai, and was upheld by our ancestors in the best and worst of times, is too beautiful and rich to throw away. All Jews need to come home to G-d, our people, and our Land.

The Torah and The Left

Jewish tradition teaches that the Torah is Divine and represents the ultimate truth and the will of G-d. We are taught in the Mishna that we are to make our ideals or will, coincide with the Al-mighty’s ideals, so that His ideals will coincide with ours.

Ideally, every opinion that we have on any subject, should be based on a legitimate Jewish source. Therefore, if a movement arises that expresses very definite views, we need to examine if such views are in line with the Torah and Judaism.

Regarding many of the views expressed by the Left, they not only are not in line with traditional Jewish beliefs, but actually oppose such beliefs.

We can begin by examining the special role of the Jewish people in the world. We were chosen by G-d for a special role in the world. We are given the task of teaching the world morality. We are to epitomize that which is right and holy. We were given 613 commandments.

We were also warned against mingling too much with the Gentile world on a social basis. Intermarriage represents a tragedy for the Jewish people. The Rabbis even adopted laws to prevent such social interaction.

The Left believes that all nations are equal and negates the unique role of the Jewish people. They do not see intermarriage as being so catastrophic. What is important is that two people love each other. What feels good is given great priority.

Traditional Judaism has very definite laws about right and wrong. There is a strong belief in the evil inclination that we are meant to try to overcome. “Feeling right” may be motivated by this evil inclination. This is especially true if what feels right is contrary to Jewish Law.

Another major clash between the Left and the Torah, relates to the subject of evil. The Prophet Isaiah says clearly that G-d created good as well as evil. He wants man to choose good so that He can reward him for not giving in to temptation.

The Left believes that man is inherently good and if he commits a crime, it is only out of frustration. If that individual received love and lots of hugs, he would behave. Dennis Prager pointed out that most terrorist attacks were perpetrated by the middle class and not the poor. Prager added, “Moral poverty corrupts. Not poverty.”

On a subject such as gun control, there is a clear dictum, that when one comes to slay you, slay him first. We are commanded to defend ourselves. Obviously, this can only come about,if we are armed.

Even a topic such as global warming, has a Torah source. The world is meant to last to eternity. We believe in the coming of the Messiah and the resurrection of the dead. This won’t happen if the world self
destructs to being overheated. It clearly challenges G-d’d being in control of the universe. Those who are concerned with global warming are questioning the power of G-d.

Regarding capital punishment, there are sources that say that it is merciful when the evil doer is put to death for his crime. The world becomes a better place as evil is eradicated from our midst.

It is so essential that we understand that a human being is not capable of having more compassion than G-d Himself. Admittedly, some laws are difficult to comprehend. Yet, it is clear that the more one surrenders himself and accepts that G-d knows better, the more peace of mind he has.

If the Left feels their value system surpasses our tradition, it borders on arrogance to say the least. We have been taught the dangers of what happens to a society where each acts according to what is “righteous in his own eyes.” We have chaos and anarchy.

Leftist views do not make the world a better place. Their world is filled with confusion and futility. It makes much more sense to return to the traditions and beliefs that have allowed us to survive 2000 years of Exile.

We have been rewarded for our convictions and closeness to G-d by seeing the rebirth of our people in the Land of Israel. Torah beliefs give us the resiliency to cope with every situation. We ultimately fulfill our role of being a “light unto the nations”, standing tall for all that is good and decent in this world.

Ignorance and Apathy

Many years ago at my daughter’s six year old birthday party, her little friend calmly asked, “What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?” We were all surprised to hear such vocabulary from this young girl. She then blurted out, “I don’t know and I don’t care!”

Unfortunately, the ignorance and apathy in the Jewish world is not a joke. The prophets foresaw the era we are living in when they said that a time will come when there will be a famine in the land. It will not be a famine for lack of bread and water. But it will be a famine of those unwilling to hear the word of G-d.

The ignorance of basic Jewish concepts and even simple bible stories, is appalling. On the one hand, so much information is readily available by way of the Internet. But too many Jews are either apathetic or honestly do not believe that our religious teachings have relevance to them.

For those who have had the opportunity to study our sacred teachings, realize the Divine wisdom contained in it. They get direction from our Torah, and understand their purpose in this world.

This might explain why there is so much intermarriage and assimilation in the world. If Jews would only open these books, their perspective on their Jewishness would definitely change. They would not have to create their own value system, or look to other cultures in their search for meaning. Everything is right there in our holy books.

Added to this tragedy of incredible Jewish ignorance, is that many who have studied and identify themselves as Orthodox Jews, have also displayed their own share of ignorance. Some of the most basics principles of Judaism are completely neglected.

In our Mussaf prayers on every holiday, the liturgy begins with the words, “Because of our sins, we were exiled from the Land.” It should be rather obvious that the presence of Jews living outside of Israel represents a curse of sorts. It is a sign of being rejected or unworthy to be able to live in our holy land.

The Prophet Ezekiel goes a step further by saying that those outside of Israel desecrate the Name of G-d. The Gentiles are able to mock the Jews by saying. “If you are G-d’s chosen people, why are you not living in His land?” Such accusations make G-d look weak. Thereby, desecrating His Name.

The Galut, exile, is a curse. Knowledgeable Jews know that if we are not in Israel, we are guests anywhere else. Only Israel is our home. When we are guests, we are meant to live modestly and not arouse the envy of the Gentile.

Another example of such ignorance, is seen every year on the Fast of the Ninth of Av. It is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar. It marks the destruction of our two holy Temples in Jerusalem. It is a day where we reflect upon what we once were as a people. The Jewish nation that once all served G-d in Jerusalem with holiness is scattered throughout the world.

In essence, Tisha B’Av is the day that created this apathy and ignorance. We were once a people who collectively knew its purpose and what G-d expected of us. All that was shattered with the burning of our temples.

Somehow, the lessons of this fast day have been changed into anti-semitism day. Rabbis recount the bitter torment of our history by mentioning the pogroms and persecutions that Jews suffered over the generations. Ignorance has caused a diversion from the true meaning of this day.

The Jewish people remain a great people. By the grace of G-d, we have always been blessed with holy Jews who never stopped studying and never strayed from true Jewish ideals. Israel is strong and Torah study is equally strong. They are “holding down the fort” so to speak. It is our fervent prayer that Jews everywhere intensify their studies. This applies to the most ignorant and apathetic who have never studied, to those who have studied but somehow have strayed from true Jewish beliefs.

When this happens, ignorance and apathy will no longer be a tragedy, but will remain a cute little joke of a six year old.

Orthodox Rebellion

Today, the authenticity of Judaism, as practiced by Orthodox Jews, is constantly being challenged. Many claim that the Torah is outdated, G-d forbid, while others claim that the true seekers of G-d are found more often in coffee shops than in synagogues.

The great philosopher and Halachist, Maimonides, described the incredible holiness in how the Torah was originally written. Moses was elevated to the level of angel when he was with G-d on Mount Sinai for 40 days.

In this prophetic state, Moses records the words of the Bible by way of intuition and prophecy. There has never been a book written in this fashion. And because it was directly from G-d to Moses, it represented the ultimate in perfection. It was written for all times. To imply that this hallowed book is no longer applicable today, borders on heresy.

Rav Yakov Emden, over 200 years ago, declared that a greater miracle than the splitting of the Red Sea, was the continued survival of the Jewish people living under the most horrible oppression. Yet, there were always Jews who remained steadfast in their diligence and worship of our holy Torah.

The biggest problem today is not the lack of appeal of Orthodoxy. It is the flawed educational system and extremist views that turn people off to religious practice. 

I am not convinced that changes made in Orthodox synagogues that were meant to accommodate enlightened Jews, has made any real impact in bringing back lost Jews to the fold. Changes, such as attempting to give women a greater role in prayers is fine within Halachic boundaries, but it’s still missing the point.

What needs to be examined is what could be done to present Judaism in a better light. When adolescent girls are ridiculed for minor infractions in dress code, it leaves these young ladies angry at a system that seems so petty. When young men are forced to attend a long and boring Synagogue service, they become resentful and hate going to shul.

Many carry this anger into adulthood, and blame their frustration on Orthodoxy altogether. When they are encouraged to see Orthodoxy as the cause, they remain outside the community and are left lonely without direction.

They decide to group together with others who have similarly been victims of traumatic educational experiences during their Yeshiva education, and do not allow themselves to find their place. They latch on to writers and philosophies that also attack traditional Orthodox beliefs.

There is a quote made famous by the beloved educator, Rabbi Aharon Rakefet. “Judaism is perfect. Those who practice it are not.” Too often we hear stories of people who attribute their leaving religion to a specific incident. It was a moment where one was shamed for not wearing Tzizit, fringes on a four cornered garment. Or being insulted by a teacher who had no business acting as an educator.

While such situations are infuriating, they still reflect intellectual dishonesty. For one to walk away from such a miraculous and incredible religion, based on the bad behavior and self righteousness, of one individual, is a cop out. It becomes an emotional wound that loses all sense of rationality.

There are hundreds of thousands of Jews all over the world who continue to practice Orthodox religious observance. They feel assured that they are serving the Al-mighty as prescribed by G-d to Moses and transmitted by our holy sages from generation to generation. They realize their responsibility in carrying out the covenant made at Mount Sinai by all Jews for all times.

True, we need to be more sensitive and gentle in the manner in which we teach Judaism. It must be handed over with great care and love. It must be shown that this way of life represents beauty and truth. It allows man to live in this world with purpose and contentment. A few tweaks in how religion is presented could certainly help. But we must never question G-d and the uniqueness of His Torah.

The Galut Tragedy

The Galut is a curse. It is a punishment. It is proof that the holy land of Israel does not tolerate sinners. It is a fulfillment of the warning that if you do not keep the mitzvot, “the Land will vomit you out.”

The disconnection between the Jew and his land, is an expression of spiritual pain. The Jewish soul yearns for this connection, just as a baby yearns for his mother’s nourishment and love.

One cannot serve Hashem on a very high level, when he is detached from the source of his spirituality.
Only in Israel is one able to feel the Shechina, the Divine Presence. And only in Israel, is a Jew truly in his home. In the Galut, he is a guest. And history has taught us that he is usually an unwanted guest.

We are close to the commemoration of the destruction of our two Temples on the ninth of Av. Throughout our exile, Jews understood why they were mourning and what this destruction meant for our people. Sadly, in today’s world of affluence and self indulgence, the significance of Tisha B’Av, is being grossly overlooked.

On the one hand, Jews are free to practice their religion anywhere in the world. And Jews are free to come to live in Israel, without obstacles. But today’s tragedy is that the majority of the Jewish people in Galut, choose not to take advantage of these privileges that our ancestors never had.

The assimilation and intermarriage rates of Jews in the Diaspora, is nothing less than a spiritual holocaust. But the smugness and complacency of comfortable Jews who should know better, is also a tragedy.

We waited for a homeland for nearly two thousand years. Now that we have a beautiful, thriving country, that is the envy of the world, the knowledgeable, learned Jews have turned their backs on this incredible, Divine gift. Perhaps this reality is the more painful one.

This Tisha B’Av when we mourn for the destruction of our holy Temples, we should also mourn for the ignorant and complacent Jews. We should pray that G-d should open their eyes that they have the courage to do what is “right in the eyes of G-d.”

The Rabbis tell us that he who mourns for the destruction of Jerusalem, will merit to see it rebuilt. May the third Temple in Jerusalem be speedily rebuilt in our times.

The Galut the Youth Do Not Know

We are living in truly amazing times. If one were to look back at history, he would not believe that so much could transpire over a seventy year period. The Jewish people not only survived the horrors of the Holocaust, but we have emerged as a flourishing

nation in our precious State of Israel.

For the younger generation, 40 and under, their view of the Galut, the Exile, begins and ends with the Shoah. Tonight we commemorate “Yom Hashoah”, Holocaust Memorial Day, with a day of national mourning for the six million who perished during World War Two. For those living in Israel, it is impossible not to be aware of this tragic piece of history.

The younger generation has not lived through any period where there was religious persecution for the Jew, anywhere in the world. Jews are free to practice their religion without hindrance regardless of where they live. They did not witness the difficulties of Soviet Jewry, Syrian and Iranian Jewry, or the plight of Ethiopian Jewry, that took place shortly before their birth.

The younger generation have come into this world to a situation that probably has not existed for at least two thousand years. The Talmudic term, ” SHIBUD MALCHIOT” refers to our exile and our subservience to foreign rule. It becomes difficult to practice our religion while living under foreign rule, who often forbade us from practicing Judaism. By the grace of G-d, this term is no longer applicable.

Sometimes it is a good idea to witness first hand, the conditions that Jews were forced to live in, during various periods of our history. One can visit Spain, for example, and see the remnants of a once thriving Jewish community only to be expelled in 1492. In Barcelona, there was already an edict as early as 1401, forbidding Jews from trespassing the soil of that city. (Jews get their revenge today with luxurious Passover packages all over Barcelona, with the Spaniards serving them hand and foot!)

Our youth need to be made aware of the resiliency of our people through the most difficult hardships imaginable. Surviving inquisitions, pogroms, and expulsions was no small task. The Jewish people were likened to olive oil as it always rises to the top, so did they. For the most part, it was clear that we were guests in most of these countries, and usually, unwanted guests.

The reason why these lessons must be learned are twofold. The older generation has a more justifiable reason to be on guard in terms of its interaction with the non-Jewish world. We have witnessed reasons to be suspicious and cautious.

I certainly would like to believe that things are changing in this area. The youth often see us as paranoid and intolerant in our dealings with the non-Jewish world. Perhaps if they better understood the source of our suspicions, there would be less tension between the older and younger generation.

The second reason why understanding the Galut is beneficial, is the necessity to be constantly conscious of how fortunate we are. Our ancestors would have had a difficult time believing that a day will come when Jews all over the world can practice Judaism if they want to. That day is every day. The paradox is that while we are free to live as Jews, so many choose not to take advantage of this luxury and gift.

Maimonides was very pragmatic in his approach to Judaism. He believed that the only difference between this world and the world to come was SHIBUD MALCHIOT. So according to him, we may have turned the corner in that we have entered a new phase of our Jewish destiny.

Today, on the eve of Yom Hashoah, it is a good time to take stock of where we are, and from where we came. The lessons of history are invaluable. Sometimes when we are too close to the mountain, we don’t realize how high it is.

If the only lesson to be gained from this article is that we acquire an awareness of how much we are blessed and how much we need to give thanks to G-d for bringing us to this miraculous state, it will have achieved much. We will realize that we are living in truly amazing times.

Dennis Prager and Yom Tov Sheini

I truly admire Dennis Prager. He is a great representative of the Jewish people and is a very proud Jew. He emphasizes the importance of holding on to ethical values and strongly speaks out on behalf of the State of Israel.

Many years ago, I met Mr. Prager at the home of a mutual friend. I was introduced as one who lives in Israel. Without even a polite, “nice to meet you,” Prager went on attack mode and asked, “What’s the deal with the two-day Yom Tov?” I was ready for him and answered, “It’s your punishment for not moving to Israel!” To this, Prager responded, “That’s the only answer I will accept.”

Very recently, I was sent one of Dennis Prager’s excellent rebuttals to repeated Donald Trump bashings. It appeared on You Tube. I noticed that on the side, there was a short interview with Prager, something about the observance of two days Yom Tov for Diaspora Jews.

In this interview, Prager was asked why he did not consider himself Orthodox when he was such a champion of the Torah and traditional Jewish values. To my surprise, Prager again mentioned that he could not embrace Oethodoxy when the two-day Yom Tov was still in operation even after there was a set Jewish calendar.

Apparently, this two-day Yom Tov issue, has been an open wound for Mr. Prager for several decades. I would like to offer an explanation that perhaps Prager might consider, for he is a very honorable man.

For nearly 15 years, I have been teaching Talmud five mornings a week, to a group of highly intelligent retirees. As we have been delving into this sacred text, we continue to marvel at the incredible wisdom of our sages.It is not only their wisdom that impresses, but it is also the high level of personal sanctity that they were able to achieve.

The Rabbis who fixed the set calendar in the year 358 of the Common Era, were known as Amoraim. We are taught that these Rabbis were on such a saintly level, that it was impossible to even fathom. It seems obvious that they were aware of the implications of demanding that two days of Yom Tov be observed outside of Israel, while one day is observed in Israel. It is perfectly in order to accept the reasoning of the Amoraim as being something beyond our comprehension, rather than simple foolishness.

A similar situation applies to the separation demanded by the Rabbis between husband and wife, for those observing the laws of Family Purity. The Torah sets the separation at seven days while the Rabbis made it a minimum of 12 days. Many view this as unfair or unreasonable. Again, the Rabbis of old applied their intense wisdom designed to enhance a Jewish marriage. After many years, a learned Chassidic rabbi, speculated that the Rabbis were trying to increase passion between husband and wife. A 12-day separation accomplishes this. A seven-day separation does not.

I do not know if Dennis Prager will read this. However, this is a good lesson in humility that we defer to those holier and more learned than we are. It is certainly disappointing that the Rabbis of today do not reach the toe nails of those of previous generations. We can look at this positively that it is a sign of the Mashiach’s imminent arrival. In the meantime, we would be wise to study our ancient texts to get an understanding of the Judaism that has survived nearly two thousand years.

Redemption then and Now

The Passover Hagadda asks the question as to why the Seder is held in the evening. The Tanna, Ben Zoma, explains that the extra word in the Torah , “Kol” teaches the Seder should be at night. The Rabbis disagree and say that “Kol” teaches that the exodus story

will be told in this world and in the world to come.

The Talmud in Tractate Brachot 12b, refers to a verse in the Book of Jeremiah that states that in the future we will no longer praise G-d for the miracles in Egypt, but we will praise Him for taking us from the north and gathering our people from all of the lands that we were scattered. If this will be the case, the Talmud asks, then we will no longer mention Egypt in the world to come.

The Rabbis answer that while it is true that future miracles will surpass those witnessed in Egypt, we will, nevertheless, still praise G-d for taking us out of Egypt.

My good friend and study partner, Dr. Eli Passow, made a profound observation when this section of Talmud was studied recently. Dr. Passow observed that we have already witnessed miracles in our lifetimes that have surpassed those we enumerated at our Seder. The plagues in Egypt lasted one year before we were driven out of Egypt. Compare those miracles with what we have seen in the last seventy years:

The Jewish population in Palestine in 1800 was 8,000 Jews. Today, we are blessed with over six and a half million Jews from the four corners of the earth.

The image of the Jew has dramatically changed. After suffering the tragic and horrifying Holocaust, Israel and the Jewish people have learned how to defend themselves. Israel is listed as the eighth superpower in the world! And the image of the defenseless, easy to pick on Jew, is over. Today, Jews fight back and they win.

A land that was bemoaned by our prophets as being desolate and non-productive, is filled with the most modern cities. The produce of Israel, is the envy of the world. Even our cows give more milk than any other cows in the world.

Israel has established diplomatic relations with 160 of the 193 nations of the world. They are seeking our guidance in matters of agriculture, technology, and medicine.

When looking at the bigger picture, not only is all of this miraculous of biblical proportions, but we are witnessing the fulfillment of prophecies made over two thousand years ago.

It is far from an exaggeration to say that indeed the miracles we have been privileged to see, if we’d only open our eyes, do surpass that which our ancestors witnessed in Egypt.

Chag Sameach

Shevet Moriah

I am proud to be a member of Shevet Moriah. We are high school graduates from the Class of 1971. We are all members of Bnei Akiva, a religious Zionist youth organization.

We met in high school and we have remained close friends for about fifty years. We have become more like an extended family rather than just friends. We began as innocent youth that met socially on a regular basis. We were instilled with idealism and a love for Israel. Many of us fulfilled this Zionist dream by making Aliya and strengthening the State of Israel.

This sense of family was felt very strongly when one of our dear friends tragically passed away suddenly. Each of us felt that we lost a sister and the pain was very great. The passing of Phylis Zisken Goldman, of blessed memory, who was a special lady respected and loved by all, affected us deeply.

The passing of a dear friend coupled with plans of a Shevet Moriah reunion next November, made me realize that I was fortunate to be a part of something very special. Approximately twenty five couples from the States as well as over fifty couples living in Israel, have already registered for this reunion.

The sad reality of our Moriah experience is that it seems highly unlikely that this could be duplicated in today’s world. We had a certain innocence about us. For the most part, we were able to maintain Platonic relationships between boys and girls. Our rabbis were aware of our activities, and allowed us to continue. There are very few couples from this group who married. It was a wholesome comeraderie.

Today’s Judaism does not have that same sense of idealism. Our youth is not innocent in today’s society with the internet and an overall lack of morality. And the rabbis of today are much more extreme and would not allow such “mixing” between boys and girls.

Perhaps telling our story might inspire others to at least attempt what we have accomplished. In the meantime, I am so grateful to have been able to be part of this Shevet Moriah experience. And we all look forward to next November when our “family” gets together again to share our wonderful memories.

Her Son-Not Your Son

It is well known in Jewish law that a child is Jewish if his mother is Jewish. This is known as “matrilineal descent.” I will try to explain the basis for this law.

There are two places in the Torah that deal with the subject of matrilineal descent. The first relates to the subject of the Hebrew slave. A Jew can be sold into slavery if he was a thief and was unable to pay for the item he stole. As a form of rehabilitation, the court will assign him a Jewish family to live with and work for over a period of six years.

During those six years, his master may give him a non-Jewish slave to sire children with her. The Torah is very specific in telling us that at the end of six years, when the Hebrew slave goes free, “His (non-Jewish) wife and children belong to the master, and he goes free.”

The children are considered her children and not his, and they also have the status of Canaanite slaves. This case is our first proof that the offspring of a Jewish man and non-Jewish woman, follow the mother.

The second proof comes from today’s Parsha that discusses the prohibition of intermarriage in Chapter seven of Deuteronomy. This is explained in the Talmud in Tractate Kiddushin 68b.

The Torah is very specific by telling us, “You shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son.” The next verse begins with the words, “When your son shall be removed from before Me and he shall worship other gods.”

The Talmud explains that this verse is only referring to the case of your daughter marrying a non- Jewish man but not the case of your son marrying a non-Jewish woman. The reason being that the son that comes from such a union is “her son” but not your son.

The belief based on the Talmud is that this tradition taught by Moses himself was that the offspring of the union of a Jewish man with a non-Jewish woman is “her son” and not your son. Hence, that child is not considered Jewish according to Jewish law.

Hopefully, this gives a little better understanding of the origin of matrilineal descent. We must remember that the Jewish people managed to survive through a very harsh exile, due to their strict adherence to the Torah and traditions handed down from generation to generation.

Galut

M any do not really understand the term, “Galut”. We translate the word to mean, “exile”, but its significance is far greater than we realize. During the period of the “three weeks”, we are supposed to reflect on the curse or punishment known as Galut.

The Jewish people had a very special role that we were meant to fulfill in an ideal society. All of the Jewish people were meant to live in the Land of Israel. Each Jew was connected to his particular tribe, and each tribe was allocated their own parcel of land to settle.

The law of the land was the Torah and its implementation was left to the holy scholars of the Sanhedrin. The priests and Levites had their specific task in serving as the spiritual leaders of the people. Tithes were given by the nation to support these spiritual leaders as well as the poor.

The Temple in Jerusalem was a source of pride to the entire nation. The temples of Solomon and Herod were visited and admired by the nations of the world. There truly was a time when the prophecy of Ezekiel was fulfilled: “You will be My people and I will be your G-d.

The tragedy that led to our banishment from the land, was due to our turning away and violating G-d’s covenant to strictly adhere to the commandments. A people who were well versed in the Torah, began to be ignorant and apathetic of the sacred laws and tradition given from G-d to Moses.

Our Galut has lasted nearly 2000 years. Jews were scattered among the nations where they were usually unwelcome. Most of the years of our Galut involved suffering and persecution in every way imaginable.

The countries that welcomed us and treated us kindly, brought a different curse. This was the plague of assimilation and intermarriage that runs rampant in the world today.

The only good that could be said of our Galut is that individual Jews made their mark in setting a great example of exemplary morality and scholarship. Despite the hardships and challenges, we miraculously survived. This was only due to the meticulousness of each generation to remain steadfast in transmitting the Torah and its laws to children and grandchildren.

Today we see another fulfillment of prophecy when we were warned: “Behold a famine is coming to the Land. It is not a famine of bread and water. It is a famine of listening to the word of G-d.”

The ignorance of the majority of the Jews of the world is astounding. When once every Jew knew the Five Books of Moses by heart, even the most basic concepts allude most Jews.

In the long run, the affluence that Jews have known, does not spell Jewish survival. The rebuilding of the House of Israel with a return of over six and a half million Jews, is certainly a reason for hope and optimism.

However, until all Jews return to their roots and realize how precious our religion is, there is the necessity to pause and reflect on this very painful and bitter Galut. We must learn its lessons and pray that G-d returns the glory we once had with the rebuilding of the third Temple speedily in our days.

G-d and the State of Israel

R av Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Tzfat,made an important point regarding Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. We are to see the similarities between the redemption from Egypt and today.

Every time there was an incident of strife in the desert where G-d was questioned, the troublemakers always accused Moshe Rabbeinu of taking them out from Egypt as if it was his own idea.

We see this before the splitting of the Red Sea, and we saw it when they complained for lack of meat, and it was the excuse for creating the Golden Calf. Each time Hashem had to make it clear that Moshe was the messenger and Hashem in His glory, redeemed us.

Today we must never make this same mistake and attribute the miracle of the State of Israel to anything less than it being ONLY because Hashem decided that now is the time to rebuild the House of Israel.

I was deeply saddened to see the prime minister of Israel being unable or unwilling to give gratitude to Hashem, in a brief Independence Day message. Netanyahu claimed that he’s often asked by world leaders how to explain the establishment and incredible growth of the State of Israel. Instead of sanctifying the Name of G-d by telling all who will hear that we are enjoying G-d’s blessing and that is the only explanation, he praises the citizens of Israel.

It is true that the Jewish people are a great people with intense faith and amazing resilience. However, as we say in the Haggadah, if G-d had not taken us out, we would still be in Egypt no matter how wise and intelligent we were. Now, more than ever, when we have so much to point to and be proud of, we must not forget that without Hashem, none of these achievements would have come to be.

The Miracle of the State of Israel

Y ears ago Rav Meir Kahane used to begin his lecture tour with the following opening statement: “Anyone who has witnessed the events since 1948 and does not see the Hand of G-d, is not a non-believer, is not a scoffer, he is blind!”

This quote has been stuck in my mind this Yom Haatzmaut as Israel celebrates its 69th birthday. The accomplishments of this little country in such a relatively short amount of time, is nothing less than miraculous.

I was privileged to hear Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Tzfat rattle off these miracles in the context of prophecies made over 2500 years ago. Some of his observations:

-The Jewish population in 1800 was only 7000 and in 1920, roughly 50,000. By 1948, the population rose to 650,000 and in 2017, nearly 6,500,000.

-There is a prophecy regarding the widening of the roads to Jerusalem. Our transport minister, Yisrael Katz, told Rav Eliyahu that his purpose in building a Tel Aviv-Jerusalem speed train, and the widening of the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, is in preparation of the building of the Beit Hamikdash.

-Israel is considered the eighth superpower in the world militarily, when we had only a makeshift army in 1948.

-According to Rav Eliyahu, the birth rate of Jewish women has surpassed that of Arab women, when once the average for the Arabs was 9.1.

-The number of countries desiring to have diplomatic relations has been rapidly increasing, where the nations of the world want to glean from Israel’s wisdom and technological advances.

-A final point that is so significant is that the growth of the State of Israel, proves that G-d has not rejected the Jewish people. On the contrary, Israel is the number one reason for the huge increase in non-Jews flooding our Jewish courts seeking conversion. As a rabbi, it has become easier to prove G-d’s existence, by simply pointing to our modern day miracles.

Indeed, anyone who doesn’t see the Hand of G-d that we are witnessing today, has to be blind. We must give thanks to Hashem that we have merited seeing the fulfillment of these prophecies in our lifetime. Chag Atzmaut Sameach!

Halacha

Pesach is definitely in the air with tonight being Rosh Chodesh Nissan. This is a holiday that tests one’s commitment to Halacha. On the one hand, it is clearly a holiday of abundant Chumrot, stringencies, as it is only one week and people tend to be extra strict during the week of Pesach. Admittedly, some of these Chumrot are often exaggerated, but the actual Halacha must not be compromised.

Years ago, I remember young students taking home a flyer titled, “Do it right on Pesach night. It had all of the measurements necessary in order to fulfill the Mitzvot of the evening. This included the required size of our wine glasses for the four cups, the amount of Matza, Maror, Karpas, etc.

Pesach is really a test for all of us to see how seriously we take Halacha and how thoroughly we want to follow it. Ideally, we are to act like the wise son in the Hagaddah. He wanted to know everything about Pesach to the last detail. So should we.

My Female Soldier

A great deal has been written and said recently that paints an unfair picture of religious girls serving in the IDF. I would like to set the record straight as the father of such a soldier.

Our fourth daughter decided that she was going to the army, unlike her three older sisters who did national service known as “Sherut Leumi.” At first we were apprehensive about her decision, mainly because of the bad press and the concern that the army will be a bad influence on her religious observance.

She was adamant that this is what she was doing. She joined a wonderful preparatory program that involved serious Torah studies at Kibbutz Ein Hanetziv, and the deal was done. Her Kibbutz experience intensified her love for learning at a higher level than at any time in her previous twelve years of study.

She has been in the army for nearly a year now and it has been an extremely positive experience. When she told people in the army that her father was a rabbi, they assumed I was a Reform rabbi. The idea that I am Religious-Zionist came as big a surprise as the fact that she did not hide that she was religious.

Our daughter works in a unit that works at rehabilitating soldiers who are greatly disadvantaged. Many come from the streets or from difficult home situations, and the army wants these soldiers to be productive members of society when they finish their service. This specific service involves teaching and building self esteem.

We are impressed that the IDF shows such concern for its soldiers. But we are more impressed by the dedication of these young “religious” girls and the devotion they show in their work. It is extremely rewarding and they have seen great success.

Aside from all of this, the willingness to interact between religious and secular is extremely important. It may sound shocking but there are numerous secular Israelis who have never even had a conversation with a religious Jew. This is not an exaggeration.

When these girls show a willingness to explain what it means to be religious, it bridges gaps and the girls themselves are strengthened. They know they are being looked at all of the time and must set a good example.

Admittedly, not all units are like this one and there are definitely problems of religion and the mixing of the sexes. It needs to be pointed out that giving “labels” to things, can be very damaging. The label that religious girls serving in the army are “damaged” does such a terrible disservice to so many remarkable young ladies.

In many circles, a girl is similarly branded for the terrible sin of “wearing pants.” Such an act of heresy may prevent the “good catches” from looking at a girl in pants. I am well aware of the rules of modesty and agree that dressing according to Halachic standards, is preferred. But this issue like so many others, is blown way out of proportion.

Meanwhile, I will tip my knit Kippa (a symbol of religious Zionism), to a number of very special pants wearing female soldiers, that bring us all a great deal of pride

Poisoning Innocent Minds

One of the beautiful aspects of youth, is the simplicity and innocence of young people. Despite the bravado of claiming to know everything, there still remains a great deal of gullibility and naïveté about the real world. When a young person picks up a history book, he will assume that the facts presented are authentic. They represent a true accounting of the events presented. As he grows older and becomes more seasoned and knowledgeable, he will learn that the very same period that he studied, can be learned from a totally different bent. The victims suddenly become the oppressors and the villains now become the heroes. What may have been thought to be crimes, become acts of altruism. Being older and wiser, our student learns that even history books are biased. The personal views of the historian are incorporated into the description of historic events. The reason why the media has been under attack so strongly, is that within their description of current events, there is an undertone of presumed values that are not shared by all. Just like the history books, it is almost impossible to be objective in reporting. Ideally, these values should at least be shared by the majority, but they are not. A case in point is the coverage of President Trump’s efforts to screen those entering America. His intentions are to protect the United States citizens from potential criminals and terrorists. This is why he wants to build a wall on the Mexican border. The drugs smuggled into the country and the crimes committed by many illegals, has led to the deaths of thousands of citizens. It would seem to make sense that people need to feel safer. Not only does terrorism kill, but drug overdose and armed robberies, do, too. Nevertheless, as obvious and logical that this might be, there still remains a philosophical question regarding collective punishment. One school of thought says that human life is sacred and the loss of one innocent human being cannot be taken lightly. If an entire ethnic group or people, suffer as a result of this, this must be done in order to prevent the death of even one person. Even though there are many of that group who could be honest, law abiding citizens, they will be included with the criminals. The second school of thought sees this as unjust. They are against collective punishment, for they see it as morally wrong to punish the majority for the sins of the few. This view of justice takes precedence even above the potential loss of life. Collective punishment is viewed as racist. And to be a racist is far worse than having innocent people dying needlessly. Mainstream media seems to adopt this latter view. The real issue of saving and protecting American citizens, is overshadowed by that dirty word called “racism.” Those proposing such laws can then be included with other notorious racists. This leads to the unthinkable where the “protectors” of the people suddenly become equated with Nazis, Heaven forbid. The masses are stirred up to violently protest this “threat to civilization.” There should at least be an attempt at objectivity by the media. They should not be fanning the flames of dissension by forcing their views on the masses. They should try to present both sides. They do not have the right to preach their view of morality in how they report the news.

The tragedy of this reality are the innocent minds that are poisoned by these biases. The same is true on college campuses where so called scholars impose their views on their students. At the very least, there should be a clear delineation by those in positions of influence, that they are presenting “their” view of truth. They should make it clear that other views exist that may also be correct. I once took a course on the Middle East conflict at a Chicago university. For 15 weeks, I was subjected to vicious anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rants by this professor. Eventually, other Jewish students protested against this so called scholar. There was a small victory as the name of the class was changed to “The Arab View of the Middle East Conflict.” Nobody has the right to force their views on others. Maybe a solution to this dillema would be to define the specific leaning of the presenters of the news. CNN would be called, “A Leftist Liberal presentation of current events.” Fox News would be “A Conservative presentation.” This would certainly avoid a great deal of confusion. Perhaps this would lead to the possibility of sharing views in a civil, respectable manner. I once debated a notorious leftist on the subject of our rights to Judea and Samaria. I made a point of expressing my views in a dignified and respectful manner. A mutual party asked each of us separately what we thought of our debating partner. Surprisingly, we each gave the same response. “He is a nice person but his views are dangerous!” This is the ideal in sharing opposing views. It is my sincere hope that sanity will shine through and there will be an end to all of the dissension and ill will. Goodness must prevail and evil must be destroyed. The world will then be a better place to live in

The Yardstick for the Jew

I t used to be that Jews were trained to adopt a philosophy regarding any election, that the candidate who is “good for the Jews”, gets the Jewish vote. Unfortunately, things have gotten very confused in the Jewish world and this confusion is so great that Jews are no longer certain what is really Jewish and what is not. Dennis Prager recently wrote an article blasting a Conservative rabbi for advocating a fast day on the day Donald Trump was sworn in. Others felt the “Jewish” thing to do was to sit Shiva after the election results came in. Prager contends that to the Liberal Left, their philosophy represents true Judaism and anything else is not Jewish. It is absolutely necessary to restate the impact that the State of Israel has on worldwide Jewry. The image of the Jew has changed dramatically since we have Israel. Jews are viewed with much more respect and dignity because of Israel and the Israel Defence Forces. Jews are safer all over the world because Israel is protecting them. In short, the treatment of Israel reflects an attitude towards all of the Jewish people. If someone speaks out against Israel, he is belittling the entire Jewish nation. Zionism and Judaism are one and the same. One cannot hate Zionists and love Jews. Today, political correctness has taken priority over much more important issues. Because of the tremendous influence of the media, being polite and outwardly accepting, gives a politician great leeway in covering up dangerous views. And to the contrary, if one has ideas that will benefit the world, but he cannot express them in a politically correct manner, they will be discarded. The Torah acquaints us with our first politically correct villain. Lavan, whose name means white. He always seemed to say the right things. He found a rationale for switching Rachel and Leah, and for cheating Jacob in every way possible. At our Passover Seder, we mention that Lavan wished to utterly destroy us. Our prophets warn us to “Beware of the smoothed tongue.” Former President Obama is constantly praised for his grace, charisma, and gentlemanly manner in how he conducted himself during his presidency. People are fooled into thinking that he is a friend to Israel. Ironically, he is our modern day Lavan. Obama’s inability to say the words, “radical Islamic terror,” and at the same time, relentlessly blaming Jewish settlements for all the problems in the Middle East, is very Lavan-like. His promoting a deal with Iran, a nation that sponsors terrorism, is an obvious affront to Israel and the Jewish people. Obama’s abstention during his last month in office at the United Nations was despicable and showed how he really felt about the Jews. If someone is bad for Israel and the Jews, he is not our friend. Every Jew who voted for him, should feel ashamed. All is not in vain, if a lesson is learned from this. Assimilation is the greatest tragedy in our times. Not only is intermarriage a plague, but so is the assimilation of truly Jewish ideas. When all is said and done we have the G-d of Israel and our own people to rely on. History has taught us this lesson through a long and painful exile The Rabbis repeatedly speak of truth and peace, Emet and Shalom, going together. When we recognize the truth, as difficult as it may be, we have peace of mind. Let us hope we learn from this very tumultuous election, to be wiser and support only those who truly support Israel, the Jewish nation, and show respect for the G-d of Israel.

Their Religion - our religion

The reaction by the Liberal-Left to the inhauguration of Donald Trump and his election to the US presidency, is difficult to understand. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals, who are still in a state of shock and mourning, because their candidate lost. Perhaps an analysis of the beliefs of the Liberal-Left in contrast to traditional Jewish beliefs, may shed light in explaining this intense response to a legitimate democratic process in choosing the leader of the free world. It appears that the philosophy of the liberals has developed into a kind of religion. If this is accurate, and its devotees feel certain that they have the monopoly on all that is just and merciful in this world, it is understandable that they lament the blindness of those who do not “see the world as they do.” And what adds salt to their wounds, is that the winner epitomizes the opposite of this great wisdom of the religion of Liberalism. The Liberals have an attitude that it is not possible to be more compassionate and caring than they are. They are so sure of this that they mock those who live according to the Torah. Their arrogance convinces them that the Torah is no longer relevant. Since it is outdated, they needed to step in and teach the world proper values. G-d’s holy Bible has no relevance to today’s sophisticated, technological world. Traditional Judaism believes the Torah applies for all generations. It is a reflection of G-d’s will in the universe. We are totally subservient to Him. His exaltedness does not allow for any other value system or philosophy to come close to the Torah, in terms of justice and morality. The Rabbis speak of humility as the prerequisite to piety, and freedom from sin. Humbling oneself allows a person to turn evil into good. The negation of the Torah and G-d, and substituting instead a new definition of right and wrong, is anything but, humility. The Liberal religion believes that evil does not exist and man is inherently good. Crime is only an expression of frustration. If everyone received love and understanding, and economic opportunity, there would be no crime. Our Torah believes that G-d created good and evil. It is up to man to use his free will to make the right choices. If he chooses good, he is rewarded. If he chooses evil, he will be punished. Unlike the Liberals, there is absolute accountability for one’s actions. The Liberal religion stresses the importance of doing what makes one feel good and be happy. As long as nobody is directly being harmed, feeling happy outweighs real morality. The Torah believes that every Jews’ actions affect the world. There has to be a system that tells a person when he has crossed the line, in his pursuit of happiness. This is the reason for the Seven Noachide Laws. A society must maintain limits, if it is to thrive and certain types of pursuing happiness, are morally wrong and unacceptable. The issue of collective punishment is very different according to the Liberals and the Torah. The Liberals will welcome refugees as a sign of benevelonce, and are willing to take the risk that they are inviting criminals into our country. The Torah demands that we do all in our power to protect the lives of every Jew. There is no glory in allowing ourselves to be killed because we won’t shoot the enemy that uses a child as its human shield.

Probably the most infuriating aspect of the Liberal religion, is seeing someone who is not politically correct. If one can be perceived as a mysoginist, homophobic, or xenophobic, it makes the blood boil. The Torah does not wish to insult anyone, but clearly, the three cardinal sins of murder, idolworship, and sexual immorality, are so severe, that one must be prepared to die rather than violate these transgressions. It seems that to the Liberals, nothing can be worse than to be a racist or even tell an ethnic joke. The liberal views stated above, are constantly being reinforced by the media. They have been adopted by the masses. However, there has now emerged an even louder voice saying that the world is not a better place because of these views. People are not happier and do not have any real direction as a result of thinking this way. The Torah system has survived for thousands of years because it represents G-d’s will in His world. The realization that Liberalism is not correct would make a liberal sad and depressed. But instead of mourning, serious soul-searching is necessary. Humility as described by the Rabbis, is desperately needed to fix that which was made crooked. There is a striking similarity between the world of the liberals crashing down and the Arab-Israeli conflict. For centuries, the Muslim world viewed the Jews as rejected by G-d and that Islam was meant to rule the region known as the Middle East. It was inconceivable that a Jewish entity of any size could exist in the region. They were so sure of the truth of their beliefs. Now that there is a strong return of over six million Jews to their ancestral homeland, instead of seeing Israel as a fluke and wishing to destroy us, there should equally be an acceptance of reality. The only absolute truth in the world is G-d and the Torah. If Donald Trump continues to ask G-d for success, he will succeed in a big way. In the words of the Tanach, “G-d and the Torah are One.”