18 March 2005

SHHHH!!! **breaking news**

Since no one, and by no one I mean Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Drudge, the AP, Reuters, and the BBC, is talking about this, I figured I'd better enlighten all those Commie-Islamofascist-anti-Semite-anti-Zionists out there: Jews are praying. Now I'll translate that for you in your own language, for easy reading: You are SO screwed.

Arutz Sheva (israelnationalnews.com) and, to a lesser extent the Jerusalem Post (jpost.com) have been covering what can only be dubbed an amazing spiritual revival among the Jewish people in the Land of Israel over the past 2 months. Instead of relying on Prime Ministers, Muftis, Presidents, Norwegian cities, or thousands of hours of paperwork for peace, Israeli Jews are relying on G-d for their salvation from their persecutors. Not since Biblical times has the nation of Israel relied on G-d to be the Big Macha for Foreign Policy.

Do you see where we are at in time? The last time Israel relied on G-d to implement their national security policy, entire CIVILIZATIONS were WIPED OUT! We're talking plagues, we're talking natural disasters, we're talking massive warfare here. And given the past success rate (100% seems an understatement) I'm siding with the Jews on this one.

Even Christians (well, Christians who aren't affiliated with any one of the crumbling denominations who've decided to "divest" from Israel and were shortly thereafter plagued with any number of problems, from dwindling membership to sex scandals) are getting into the act. Earlier this week, Arutz Sheva reported that an Evangelical minister from Kentucky and a Zionist Jersey Jew were joining forces to organize a Disengagement Protest in D.C. for May. Today, the JPost published an op/ed by Michael Freund, former aide to P.M. Bibi Netanyahu, titled "Calling All Christians." Freund encouraged American Christians to follow the three P's for Israel: Protest, Pressure, and Pray. He writes, "lastly, it is timefor Jews and Christians to pull out the most potent weapon in their arsenal, the power of prayer. The Land of Israel is in danger, and there can be no better way to influence events than by turning in prayer to the One who guides all human events." A Jew asking Christians to pray, with Jews... simultaenously acknowledging that both groups pray to the same, one and only G-d. If anyone finds a precedent to this, I'll give them fifty bucks.

It is going to be a righteously awesome season in the Land of Israel. But, shhh... for now its just a bunch of Jews praying....

09 March 2005

Now G-d Will Act

A national day of fasting and prayer has been declared by both Ashkenazi and Sephardic former Chief Rabbis of Israel. The event is to be held from sun up to sundown on 6 Adar II/March 17th. The date corresponds to the death of Moses, who led the Israelites to the promised land and commanded them to enter into it. It is also the day that the Knesset will vote as to whether or not the disengagement plan will require a nation-wide referendum vote for implementation. Opponents of the pullout see the vote as their last means of legislative protest.

After the day of prayer and fasting was announced, another article appeared on Arutz Sheva (israelnationalnews.com) that detailed the Sanhedrin's official response to the Disengagement Plan. The Sanhedrin, Judaism's highest legal-religious tribunal, existed until 425 AD. The modern incarnation, which models itself after its ancestor, was established last year and consists of 71 members. After performing halakhic (Jewish legal) analysis on the Disengagement plan, the Sanhedrin issued the following declaration.

As printed on Israel National News (Headline: Sanhedrin's Declaration Concerning the Disengagement) this past Tuesday, March 8, 2005:

The Sanhedrin’s Declaration Concerning the Disengagement
27 Adar 5765/March 8, 2005

* The disengagement plan, involving the uprooting of Jewish communities in Gaza and Samaria and the abandonment of these areas to a foreign entity, is in direct contradiction to the Torah of Israel, and is null and void. Future governments of Israel will have to re-conquer the areas in question.

* The decision to implement the uprooting will cause large numbers of Jews to transgress many of the Torah's commandments.

* The Government of Israel and the Knesset, in their present form and power structure, are institutions that have no authority according to Jewish Law to render decisions that contradict the Torah of Israel.

* No Jew is permitted to cooperate with the program of uprooting, in any way whatsoever.

* Any Jew – including a soldier or policeman – who supports the uprooting, whether directly or indirectly, whether by voting in its favor, or by giving counsel, or by supplying vehicles or materials, and certainly anyone who actively participates in the uprooting, thus transgresses a large number of Torah commandments, such as not standing idly by one's neighbor's blood (Lev. 19,17).

* The uprooting of the residents of the Gaza Strip and Samaria is a crime and an injustice to the residents, and places many other communities – in fact, all citizens of the State of Israel – in mortal danger.

* By this declaration, the Sanhedrin, as the link of continuity of the Torah received by Moses at Sinai, hereby expresses the stance of Israel's Torah... The Sanhedrin, as the representative of the Jewish people throughout history, hereby affirms that the Jewish people -- regardless of this or that government -- does not relinquish, and is not entitled to relinquish, so much as the span of a solitary man's foot of the Land of Israel according to its Biblical boundaries, for it is G-d's land.

They're following the rules. They're recognizing that the land is G-d's gift to His people, and that neither they nor anyone else have a right to play with G-d's design. They're following legal channels. They're praying for G-d's intervention. Watch. The miraculous is about to begin.

Spring is almost here...