Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....
Obviously we're going through a pretty crazy time here in Israel right now. With the combination of hundreds of rockets from Gaza, the always "peaceful" month of Ramadan and the threats from Syria in the North, we definitely have a full plate. All the Jewish People and decent people everywhere should be joined in prayer for the soldiers and citizens most affected!

There are a lot of things Israel needs right now from our brethren living in the Diaspora - medical/security supplies, equipment and treats for soldiers and residents to keep morale up, emails and Facebook messages of support from friends and family. However, one thing we don't need: CRITICISM!!! Especially ignorant, self-righteous attempts to pathetically impress others. There is just no place for it.

I think Jack Nicholson said it best in the movie "A Few Good Men":  http://viewrz.com/embed/a-few-good-men

Israel is the spiritual, political and military headquarters of the Jewish People. Its defense and security are vitally essential to Jewish life as we know it. Whether its blaming the recent horrific kidnappings and murders on the "settlements" as was done today in Times of Israel or accusing the Israeli Government of warmongering and blatant dishonesty as in the Forward - ITS NOT APPRORPIATE! ITS NOT RIGHT! Even if some people are ignorant and pompous enough to really believe that nonsense, now is not the time to share with the group. BE QUIET! 

Right now all of energy, both spiritual and physical, should be directed for the war effort. Afterwards, we can deal with these outcasts and dissenters from Klal Yisroel. The modern representation of the "erev rav" is certainly making an effort to have its presence felt. No Jew in his/her right mind, should have the time or energy to listen. Am Yisroel Chai! Hashem Yishmor!

Chazak, chazak, v’nitchazek” — “Be strong, be strong, and may we STRENGTHEN (not criticize) one another.”

Please daven for a refuah sheleimah for IDF soldier Mordechai Chai ben Bracha Yehudit, wounded tonight in a mortar attack near Gaza.