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Elul 22, 5770, 9/1/2010
Enough anger, enough cursing out, and enough blaming others for 'the situation'. Yes, I am referring to the latest gruesome terror attack near Hebron, and most of our reactions to it.
So bottom line... what is to be done?
We are not the Prime Minster of Israel or the President of the United States. We can't send out armies to go after the terrorists, we can't set foreign policy, we can't send orders to security forces. Again, we must ask ourselves the question, 'What CAN we do?".
Anger, justified anger, is important, it has a purpose. But it is not the complete answer, and it does not absolve us of taking responsibility. Some think, because they got angry, because they shed some tears, because they talked to people about the horrible attack, that they are now patur (absolved) of doing anything else. This is wrong. This is futile. And I believe that the victims of the terror attack would want us to move forward, to take the anger, the tears, the frustration of 'the situation' and DO something about it. "Don't let us die for nothing!" their voices cry out from the grave.
Israel has seen too much in the way of terror. We must not let this continue. I am not stating here not to get angry and move on as if nothing happened. In fact, this was the new policy ingrained into us by the government during the Oslo years, because they wanted to keep the 'a-peace-ment' process going. We were constantly told to keep on going, don't let the terrorists win, keep the 'shigra' (the daily routine) going, so they (the terrorists) don't win. ...And we listened and kept on going. The terror scenes were washed clean from all the blood, the blown out windows were replaced, and often within 24 hours, one would never know that any terror attack happened there. And I was distraught that people accepted that.
Yes, I had anger, and righteous anger at that. I wanted to see justice. I wanted our leaders to say, as would have been done in the wild west, "Take this righteous anger you have, and let's gather a posse and find these murderers and mete out justice to them". Instead, we were inundated with sad music on the radio to keep us somber, when war music should have been playing. We were inundated with catch phrases on the news by the talking heads of how we needed to show 'havlaga' restraint, and move the 'a-peace-ment process' forward. We were beaten with phrases that restraint and keeping our daily routines would make us strong and show the enemy that they couldn't beat us. Instead, it made us weak, destroyed any deterent factor we had with the enemies of Israel, and encouraged them to do more, because there was little if any consequence to their murderous and bloody crimes. As Dr. Phil would say about this policy, "And howz that bin workin' fer you?"
We must not conquer our anger, we must USE it. In fact, the wise King Solomon, writes in Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) Chapter 3:
There was no diplomatic solution with Hitler in WWII. That's why America joined the war. There can be no diplomatic solution with Bin Ladden, the Hamas, Hezbollah, the PA, Iran or any other Islamic terror entity. There can be no diplomatic solution with an enemy that does not wish for peace, but for conquest.
All who consider themselves righteous people, or want to become more righteous people, must take their sorrow and anger and use it to go forward and move the world to a better place. If you can demonstrate, then demonstrate. If you can write letters to the editor in your local papers, do so. If you can call your political leaders and pressure them, do so. If you can write a check out for the children of the victims, do so (go to http://www.victimsofarabterror.com/how.htm and donate). If you can take on a commandment (a mitzvah) for the lives of Yitzchak Imas, his wife Talia Imas, Kokhava Even-Chaim, and Avishai Shindler, z"l, then for goodness sakes, do so! Because THEY CANNOT DO SO ANYMORE.
Do it in their memory. Do it because they cannot do all the mitzvoth that were waiting for them to do in their lives. We in the world must make up for it, as their deaths affect all of humanity. To not move, to not act, is to spit on their graves.
Make a commitment NOW to use these emotions you have, to DO something POSITIVE. Take your anger and use it to tip the scales in our favor, to make the world more just, to make it safer, and to do for the victims, Yitzchak, Talia, Kokhava and Avishai, our brothers and sisters, what they cannot do anymore for us. Let's do what we CAN, and not sit back and just be angry. Anger is NOT enough. We CAN make a difference this new year. Please see video below.