Torah Reading for Week of Feb 17-23, 2013 – Adar 7-13, 5773
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To those who don’t believe that BDS and other forms anti-Zionist agitation don’t often lead to racism, here’s a video posted today at the site of the Oxford University Student Union.
In what appears to be a highly significant coming together of Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders Tariq Ramadan and Youssef Qaradawi, Gulf media is reporting on the launch of new Islamic research center in Qatar to be headed by Ramadan. According to a Gulf News report:
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“Jewish members” agreed that in the West Bank, Arabs live an apartheid-like existence.
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Join the Jewish Defence League for an evening with David Solway, to discuss the urgent need to change Jewish Leadership and Jewish Ideals
Monday Febuary 25
Toronto Zionist Center
788 Marlee Avenue
For additional information call JDL at 416-736-7000 David Solway’s launch of his new Freedom Press book “The Boxthorn Tree” “David Solway’s high-octane writing snaps, crackles, and pops with savage but disciplined indignation.” Barbara Kay, National Post columnist National officials, press barons, journalists, Internetians, “Human Rights” agencies, public intellectuals and a growing segment of the vox populi are tapping increasingly into the poisoned aquifer of anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist feeling. Yet what is perhaps even more disconcerting is the comparable attitude of many in the Jewish community today, mainly of the Left, who have made common cause with their enemies, defamers and traducers. There is not much question that what we are observing is a pathology of the first magnitude, what the Talmudic sages called sin’at akhim, or brotherly hatred, an element of Jewish life sufficiently pronounced to merit a name of its own. This book redresses the cowardly rise of Jewish self-hatred. About the Author David Solway’s work has appeared in journals and magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly; The Sewanee Review; PN Review (U.K.); Descant; Partisan Review; liberté; International Journal of Applied Semiotics; Policy Options: Institute on Research in Public Policy; and Journal of Modern Greek Studies. He is currently a regular contributor to FrontPage Magazine, Pajamas Media and Academic Questions in the U.S.
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MEDIA RELEASE, Jan 24/13:
‘Pushing Back With Truth & Action’: 2nd annual Israel Truth Week Conference in Hamilton, ON, Canada,
March 5-6/13 to counter ‘Apartheid’ vilification, Canadian rule of law/policing failures’
*See IsraelTruthWeek.org for details*
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Light on Purim – 1986
Beyond Words –
I have always been bemused and amused at the delightful sight of gentiles attending Jewish religious affairs and being asked to don yarmulkas, there not being the slightest reason in the world for imposing headgear on a goy. (Fortunately for the Pope and the Jews of Rome, there will be no need for such a thing on his historic, exciting, breathtaking, joyful, spine-tingling visit to the Great Rome Synagogue since, as opposed to Alexander Schindler, the Pope always wears a yarmulke) nevertheless, the yarmulking of the goy, for me, has always been an apt symbol of American Judaism itself, especially on the part of the Moderdox. I refer to the taking, not of the gentile, but of the gentilization, and the yarmulking of it, i.e., taking gentile concepts, gentile values and turning them into “Judaism.”
What is the Talmud saying? One, joy over the fall of a gentile enemy of the Jewish people is permitted, more, it is a mitzvah. Indeed, the whole nature of Purim, the rejoicing over the death of Haman, the stamping of the feet at the mention of his name, is rejoicing over the fall of the enemy of the Jewish people. And that is because of the next lesson: that vengeance against the enemy of the Jewish people – an enemy that is per se, the enemy of the G-d of the Jewish people – is a joy and commandment because only through vengeance, through the fall of the enemy, is G-d vindicated. For the same enemy who crowed when success smiled upon him, “There is no G-d in Israel”, by his fall proves that there is indeed One! And what does King David say? “The righteous one shall rejoice when he sees vengeance, he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. And men shall say: There, indeed, is a G-d that judges in the earth!” (Psalms 58:11-12).
To the obvious question, what does this verse have to do with Purim, Rashi says: “So were these Jews of Persia punished because Saul had pity on Amalek [and allowed their king Agag to live].”
What is the Talmud saying? It is emphasizing that the mitzvah to drive out the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael was a Divine, Jewish commandment and that failure to observe it would lead to punishment. It teaches that a similar injunction to wipe out Amalak, also brought down Divine wrath in the era of Purim, because it was not followed. In short, in the struggle against the enemy it is a mitzvah to fight without mercy, for as the Rabbis say: “When you go out to battle against your enemy, know that they are the enemy and not your allies. As they would have no mercy on you, have not mercy upon them” (Tanchuma, Shoftim 15).
But you say, does this not contradict the teaching of the three L’s that we must always have mercy on all people? On our enemies? The answer is, yes, it does contradict it. Because there was never such a teaching in Judaism. Mercy and pity are reserved for people who are not our enemies. For those who are, Purim teaches us something very different.
And a final less from Purim:
And of course, they disobeyed it because of ethical and moral reasons! Of course, it was because they could not believe that Judaism would ever countenance such a thing! And so, the Rabbis tell us that all that night Saul fought with himself, saying: “If the men, why the women; and if the women, why the children; and if the children, why the animals?” (Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer 43). Saul, a Jew who had his own ethical sense of values and concerning whom the Bible thunders: “Do not be overly righteous” (Ecclesiastes 7:16) – “Do not be more righteous than your Maker …” (Kohelet Rabbah 7). The yoke of heaven! Whether we “agree” with a mitzvah or concept or not. This is the central lesson on Purim. This is where Saul failed.
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