| Parshah Chayei Sarah – Genesis 23:1-25:18Torah Reading for Week of November 13-19, 2011 – Cheshvan 16-22 5772
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1. And the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; [these were] the years of the life of Sarah.
2. And Sarah died in Kiriath arba, which is Hebron, in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to bewail her.
Why does the Torah split up the tally of her years into three parts (“one hundred years,” “twenty years” and “seven years”)? To tell us that every day of her life was the equivalent of them all. At the age of one hundred years she was like age twenty in strength, and at age twenty she was like age seven in modesty and purity; at age seven she was like age twenty in intelligence, and at age twenty she was like age one hundred in righteousness. (Midrash HaGadol)
In this weeks parsha we read that at the age of one hundred and twenty seven, Sarah Imeinu died. It seems strange that right after we read of her death, it is added that Sarah had a good life. One might think that though she had a long life, a life full of good deeds, it was anything but a good life, in the traditional sense. Anyone can see from reading the basic text, all the troubles Sarah had. First she had to travel far away, then there was a famine. She was kidnapped twice, and experienced years of childlessness. Finally Sarah gave birth to a boy. Not long after that however, Yishmael, the son of the concubine Hagar, began to have a bad influence on her son. Both Yishmael and Hagar had to be sent away. Most people would call that a hard and troublesome life, full of sadness and hardships.
The reason why it says she had a good life, is because of the way she, Sarah, looked at life. She had vision and purpose.
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Twenty one years ago, Rabbi Meir Kahane was murdered in New York City. Many Jewish leaders black listed Rabbi Kahane durring his life and today, they continue to black list his ideas. Those Jewish leaders are a dime a dozen. They are the same Jewish leaders that did not take action when Hitler implemented his ‘final solution’. Rabbi Kahane taught the mitzvah of Kidush Hashem. In short, that mitzvah demands that a Jew must be prepared to place his life at risk in order to save a fellow Jew. Most Rabbis simply do not have the courage to teach this mitzvah, but Rabbi Kahane taught it and lived it. The Soviet Jewish issue was solved because Rabbi Kahane broke the law to draw international attention to the plight of Soviet Jews. He went to jail many times for Soviet Jews. And today, over one million Soviet Jews live in Israel. Think about it. Over one million Soviet Jews live in Israel now. Those Soviet Jews helped solve part of the Arab demographic time bomb in Israel.
Also, Rabbi Kahane taught Jews to have self respect and to fight back. When Jew haters would beat up Jews, the JDL formed by Rabbi Kahane would go looking for those Jew haters and would teach them to Never Again touch Jews. The JDL smashed Nazis.
Also, as Jewish leaders on campus helped destroy Jewish youth through self hate programs; Rabbi Kahane would speak of Jewish pride to our youth. He brought thousands of young Jews back to their Jewish roots and gave them Jewish Pride.
Also, in Israel, Rabbi Kahane exposed and confronted the myth of the “palestinians”. He called the Islamic dominance of the Temple Mount to be a major insult to the Torah and the Jewish people. Islamic leaders on the Temple Mount deny the Jewish historic claim. Rabbi Kahane demanded Jewish prayer as a first program on the Temple Mount. President Abbas of the PA states that in his vision of a Palestine State, no Jew will be permitted to live. Rabbi Kahane made it very clear that in the Jewish State anyone that has a goal of destroying the Jewish state through violence or non violence must leave.
The words and ideas of Rabbi Kahane live!
“Israeli right-wing activist: Rabbi Kahane is sitting in heaven and smiling” — By Yair Ettinger
At a memorial, the jubilant mood showed the Kach party, banned from Knesset 23 years ago and outlawed for 17, is no longer on the margins.
Once upon a time, right-wing activists used to hand out bumper stickers lambasting the “hostile media.” But on Tuesday, at a memorial marking the 21st anniversary of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s murder, not a bad word was said about the press. On the contrary, the “hostile media” provided the evening’s chief entertainment – a fact that merely contributed to the euphoria gripping the massive crowd.
Clip after clip that had aired on Israel’s commercial television stations over the last year was shown on the big screen of the Heichal David hall in Jerusalem’s Romema neighborhood. There was a report broadcast by Channel 10 just two days ago about Ariel Zilber’s new song, “Kahane was right.” A Channel 2 report that praised longtime activist Itamar Ben-Gvir as “a skilled media machine” and “a kind of celeb” also won applause. Another Channel 10 report described how African refugees enjoyed a day at Tel Aviv’s Gordon pool – to the horror of the pool’s usual clientele – with MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union ) and far-right activist Baruch Marzel picking up the tab. Then back to Channel 2, which showed Ben-Ari explaining how he would respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip: “24 hours, and there would be no more [town of] Beit Hanun.” The crowd went wild.
“Today, Rabbi Kahane is sitting in heaven and smiling,” Ben-Gvir told the audience. And wherever he is now, he undoubtedly is smiling. Once, his followers were a marginal bunch. But today – 23 years after his Kach party was banned from running for Knesset and 17 years after it was outlawed altogether – they are a huge crowd, including many seemingly normative young people.
“Many people ask why we’re still doing this in such a small hall,” the emcee told the packed room. “But this is the only hall in Jerusalem that doesn’t employ Arabs. It deserves this honor.”
Moreover, if once the left was able to make life miserable for the Kahanists, today, it is Ben-Ari and other right-wing MKs who are making life miserable for leftists.
“Today, it isn’t just Ben-Ari,” Ben-Gvir noted. “In Yisrael Beiteinu, in National Union, even in Likud they understand that Kahane was right.”
Today, Kahane is a brand. And if there were no bumper stickers assailing the hostile media on sale Tuesday, it was possible to buy just about anything else. The merchandise ranged from Kahane’s many books through memorial candles to T-shirts bearing slogans such as “price tag” – the term given to retaliatory attacks on Palestinians and soldiers following house demolitions in the settlements – and “Free Yigal Amir,” the murderer of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. There was even an illustrated children’s book about Kahane, as well as the first volume of a biography of him (that volume alone ran to 600 pages ) and many books inspired by him.
One of those present leafed through a book about Baruch Goldstein, who murdered 29 Arabs at Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs in 1994. “That’s ‘Baruch Hagever’; you aren’t familiar with it?” the salesman asked. “You have to buy it. It’s a classic.”
Comment by Blog Administrator: The spokesperson of The Jewish Defence League of Canada was not interviewed in the above article.
Rabbi Meir Kahane HY”D
Monday, November 21
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Toronto Zionist Center,
788 Marlee Avenue