The last two days, I’ve been pretty down.
It’s probably a whole bunch of things together, including trying to keep everything going and ‘upbeat’ so the wedding could get done, and not totally falling apart that first month after Simchat Torah.
But the ‘last straw’ seems to have been that terror attack that happened in Jerusalem on Thursday morning.
I was shaken to my core by what happened when ‘one of our soldiers’ killed Yuval Castelman, a Jew from Mevasseret Zion, who got shot dead after ‘neutralising’ one of the Palestinian terrorists at the bus stop in Jerusalem on Thursday.
I am not going to go into all the details.
The point is, Yuval Castelman was shot dead, when one of the soldiers mistook him for a terrorist.
I have to say, this whole episode broke my heart.
And it showed me that all those people shouting that ‘more guns’ and ‘more violence’ is the answer…
They have been misleading us for years and years and years.
It’s all warped so-called ‘Torah’, teaching pure Jews that hatred and guns and violence is ‘the only answer’ to what is going on here.
And where’s God in this picture?
It’s the ‘power and koach of my own hand’.
And nothing else.
If we want this horrible situation to end, we have to finally understand that all the people – all the ‘Kahanists’, and others infected by Meir Kahane’s horrible, destructive, and hate-filled ‘push’ to get ‘every Jew with a 22’ – they have been misleading us for years, about what the real solution to our problems are.
‘Guns’ without real teshuva is only going to turn Israel into even more of the Wild West, where people feel totally justified in shooting others down.
I understand that situation here is very complicated.
I live here, after all.
My kids use that trempiada sometimes – like half of Jerusalem.
I live right next to a whole bunch of Palestinians here, and I spent a whole month saying tehillim every single day to try and ‘mitigate’ any urge they might have to walk up the road and start another pogrom, God forbid.
I am not a ‘bleeding heart leftie’.
What I am, is a person who has been arguing against the poisonous ideas of Meir Kahane (and his successors) with my children for a few years, already.
It’s breaking my heart, to see Jews with payot talking so calmly about gunning people down on the street.
If someone is coming to kill us – we have to rise up and kill them first, of course we have to!
But we still have to do that with such sadness, that the job of destroying a human life has fallen to us.
It’s not a video game.
It’s not a joke.
What happened in Jerusalem on Thursday – is the soldier who mistakenly shot Yuval Castelman still a ‘hero’?
When someone is down on the floor, and poses no further danger, is it a ‘mitzvah’ to carry on shooting that person, even if they are a terrorist?
(I don’t know the answers to these questions, BTW. It’s something only our biggest poskim, our biggest rabbis with real ruach hakodesh and a strong connection to Hashem could actually know how to answer.)
All I can tell you, is that we CANNOT rely on just guns and more violence to ‘solve this problem’.
God is showing us that more and more clearly with each day that passes.
Only real, sincere teshuva is going to get us out of the mess.
Only listening to our real Tzaddikim is going to get us out of this mess.
And until enough people get that message…. the Jewish death toll continues to rise with more precious souls killed every single day.
May Hashem avenge their blood.
And also, open enough people’s eyes to what is really going on here.
Yaakov’s main weapon has to be prayer and teshuva, not guns.
And it’s only the people who are really working to turn us all into the evil, murderous, God-less ‘Esav’ who disagree with that statement.
I know these topics are very fraught, and very emotional.
Pondering some more on it, the point I really want to make is that none of us should be blase about taking another human being’s life – not even if that person is the most despicable terrorist in the world.
Every single person is still made in the ‘image of God’, and when we adopt a ‘black and white’ approach to this, glorifying killing as though it’s nothing, just a matter of chalking up another ‘x’ on the M-16 – we are falling into the God-less attitude that ‘Esav’ has to other human beings.
This is a very narrow bridge to cross.
But God Himself grieved when the evil Egyptians were totally annihilated at the Red Sea.
And our job as Jews is to emulate God in this lowly world as much as possible – and not to glorify Rambo.
One of the commentators put up something on the last post that R Kessin has apparently identified a category of human that is ‘sub human’.
This type of language makes my skin crawl, to be honest.
Everyone is still a human being, although clearly, not everyone acts like a human being.
Rebbe Nachman explains in Likutey Moharan (can anyone help me with the specific reference?) that when people lack da’at, i.e. they don’t have God in their lives and God isn’t part of their picture – they are like an animal on two legs.
But actually worse than an animal, in many ways.
This applies across the board to all ‘God-less’ people, regardless of their nationality or religion.
A few days’ ago, I lit a 7 day memorial candle, for Yuval Castelman.
I put it next to the yahrtzeit candle we have all the time for Rebbe Nachman.
May Yuval’s death not be in vain.
And may the light and the wisdom and the real Torah of our true Tzaddikim reach every single one of us.