“Guard yourself, lest you forget HaShem your G-d, not to keep his commandments, judgements, and enactments, which I command you today. Lest you eat and be satisfied, build nice houses and live in them… and you become haughty, and forget HaShem your G-d who brought you out from Egypt, from the house of slavery… and you say in your heart, my own might and the strength of my hand have made me all of this wealth.” [Dev. 8:11-12, 14, 17]
The Talmud [Tractate Sotah 5a] says that there is a Commandment not to be haughty. Any time the Torah employs the phrase “guard yourself, lest…,” explains Rebbe Ila’a, the Torah is warning us to not violate a Law — in this case, not to forget G-d. And when the Torah continues “… and you become haughty, and forget HaShem your G-d…,” G-d is telling us that the one inevitably leads to the other: if you become haughty, the end result will be that you will forget G-d.
Rabbi Shamshon Raphael Hirsch takes this concept a step further, saying that arrogance is, in and of itself, the beginning of forgetfulness of G-d. The Talmud Sotah also records (in the name of either Rav Chisda or Mar Ukva) that G-d says concerning anyone with the trait of haughtiness, “he and I cannot coexist in this world.” Why? Because the arrogant individual is so full of himself that he loses his recognition of all higher authority –including The Higher Authority.
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Approval has been given by Ontario’s Sergeant at Arms for the virulently anti-Israel, pro-Iran al Quds Committee to hold an anti-western, antisemitic pro Terror rally at Queen’s Park Saturday August 18 at 2 pm. This is a clear and present danger!
JDL Counter Protest to Expose and Confront the Al Quds Day Terror Supporters
Saturday (Shabbat) August 18, 2 pm- 4 pm
Queens Park, (University Avenue and College Street) Downtown Toronto
“The “Al-Quds” organizers have taken great steps to keep their identities hidden from the public, and in the name of privacy, the government will not disclose their identities, despite the very public nature of this event.”
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It is vital for all concerned people to come out and take a stand against this clear and present threat. Now is the time for the Jewish community to debate the issue of confronting threats to our community on Shabbat. No clear thinking person can ignore or turn a blind eye to this threat. The Anti Semite feels safe to threaten the Jewish community on Shabbat. Our Jewish leaders have an obligation to take a public stand. There are shuls downtown within walking distance from the rally. Some of our leaders have used this pro Iran ‘rally’ as a means to raise funds. That is a wrong position.
We must confront the Al Quds Day Terror Supporters Now.