For Thee I Mourn

Because we Jews are farsighted, we have a three-week mourning period and fast for Temples that were destroyed millennia ago. We look back at the destruction of the Temple not as a direct result of the expansion of the Babylonian or Roman Empire, but as a result of sins; not only the sins of that generation, but also sins that occurred thousands of years before. We look back and link the destructio

Prof. Shmuel Neumann,

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Jews exist in the nexus of confluence of vectors.

Each vector is the course of natural history in which free will, natural disasters and cultural evolution runs its course. As the Land of Israel is located in the nexus of Europe, Asia and Africa, the people of Israel exist in the nexus of vectors that the Almighty manipulates to intersect at various points so that Jews are either destroyed, permitted to survive or thrive. When Jews study history, they see these farsighted patterns.

Moshe blames the Jews for his punishment of never stepping foot into Israel. Although he committed the sin of hitting the rock instead of speaking to it, as the Almighty commanded, Moshe laments that if the spies had not committed their sin of slandering the Land of Israel, then the Jews would not be punished to remain in the desert for forty years, Miriam would not have died in the desert, the well that gave forth fresh water would not have stopped flowing, and Moshe would not be in a position to have to find a way for the rock to give forth water.

It is naive to think that it was the genius or courage of the 600,000 Jews in Palestine that bought about the successful defeat of the combined strength of 200 million Arabs. It is foolish to think that the U.N. vote for the establishment of an independent Jewish State had anything to do with morality. As Stalin said, the only reason Truman advocated a Jewish state was that he did not want more Jewish survivors to find their way to the shores of New York. No, the miracle was the convergence of vectors. The population pressure of the returning survivors, the latent anti-Semitism in America and most countries, mild guilt over the Holocaust, the impossibility for the Jews to rebuild a life in post-war Europe, the cold war, Russia?s economic and military inroads in most Arab countries, the world oil supply, the interest of the United States in breaking up the Soviet?s spheres of influence, the United States? desire to become arms suppliers and the need to keep a moderate level of tension in the region are all vectors that, in its confluence, contributed to the miracle of the creation of the State of Israel.

By these convergence operations the Almighty punishes, rewards or fulfills his promises to our forefathers.

Because we Jews are farsighted, we have a three-week mourning period and fast for Temples that were destroyed millennia ago. We look back at the destruction of the Temple not as a direct result of the expansion of the Babylonian or Roman Empire, but as a result of sins; not only the sins of that generation, but also sins that occurred thousands of years before. We look back and link the destruction with the anti-Zionists who were reticent to rush into Israel. The day that both Temples were destroyed was the same day that the spies returned from Israel and gave a realistic report of the challenge of conquering the Land. The Jews cried unnecessarily, because they should have understood, after the miracles of the ten plagues, of the splitting of the Red Sea, and of the daily miracles of the Manna and Miriam?s well, that it was no time to be pragmatic and look at the realistic equations of general warfare. Had they trusted in the Almighty they would be conquering Israel within weeks of leaving Egypt.

Similarly, we are at a nexus where we either trust in miracles to overcome the worldwide injunction to implement the Roadmap, the repackaged Saudi pseudo-peace plan, or make painful compromises that ensure our destruction. Like the spies in the desert who objectively examined the odds and concluded that, taken the natural course of events, they could not hope to prevail, we conclude that we cannot hope to survive the odds against us. The entire world endorsed the Roadmap and we cannot refuse to implement it.

Israel has raised a generation that looks towards other cultures such as the United States or Eastern religions for an identity and value system. It is those confused secular adolescents whose lives have no more meaning to them than mold. For thee I mourn.

And those Jews who are ashamed of their ancestry and anything that even culturally is ?too Jewish:? For thee I mourn.

It is your virulent toxic shame of your Jewishness that drives you to jump on the unconscionable bandwagon of removing illegal Jewish settlements while permitting illegal Arab settlements. Once you justify removing Jews from their farms, it is a small step to justify removing entire Jewish villages, towns and cities. It is your shame of your Judaism that drives you to call yourself ?post-Zionist? and justifies abandonment of international support for a Jewish State. After all, if Jews have no right to Biblical Israel, what right do they have to Ashkelon, Ashdod and Yaffo, which historically were Philistine cities? By your actions, you certify to the world that there is no need for a Jewish state and, therefore, its destruction is no great loss to humanity.

Unlike the farsighted Jew, you rejoice in short-sighted hudnas and perennial peace treaties that buys only brief respite from incessant attacks. You are the lemmings that encourage all of us to run towards our destruction.

As I sit on the floor, fasting, and in tears, I beg you to take pride in your Jewishness, in your heritage, and in the genius and resilience that has been the key to our survival. And I implore you to see that your abandonment of Judaism is a slap in the face to the millions that died to keep Judaism alive. I plead for you to find meaning to your life by returning to your roots and rejoin the communal family, so that we all feel at home together.

And those that remain lost sheep, that take no action to negate the Roadmap, because of your lack of faith in the Almighty; For thee I mourn.

And for small-minded leaders of this country who lack faith and obey their gentile taskmasters? demand to dismantle Jewish farms; For thee I mourn.

You are like the spies that are realistic and practical. You decry Judea and Samaria, the heartland of Biblical Israel, as a lost cause, rather than joining the minority, like Joshua and Caleb, that maintains that we can overcome because it is the Almighty that directs history.

You shortsightedly look at each vector, such as the self-interest of the United States, rather than farsightedly seeing that the architect of history will manipulate the convergence of vectors to ensure our survival and fulfillment of promises made to our forefathers.

This is not a period of Hester Panim. Israel is the fulfillment of Biblical prophesies, not a bizarre anomaly of nature. Jews should be planting vineyards and orchards throughout Yehuda and Shomron. Jewish farms should be nurtured, not dismantled. We must invest in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). We must plant and build.

It just looks hopeless.

We can overcome.

Just do it.

Or...

For thee I will mourn.





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