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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Great open letter to Naftali Bennett

Rabbi Lazer Brody writes a great open letter to Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett.
You and I both know the values that one learns in Israel's elite units - dedication, loyalty and reliability. We know that we are no better than the integrity of our word. We also know the values one learns in Torah - emuna, and once again, dedication, loyalty and reliability. No wonder that so many of us who grew up without Torah backgrounds found our way to Torah after serving in one the IDF elite units.
Naftali, where are those values in your pact with Yair Lapid? Why have you taken the cheap populist stance of drafting the Haredim, as if thousands of them aren't already serving today?
Why are you strengthening Lapid's hand in limiting deferments to 2,000 Torah learners? The Mir Yeshiva alone has 3,000 students! Was it the Iron Dome that protected Israel in the recent round of hostilities, or all the Torah lerning in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Netivot, Ofakim and Beer Sheva? How many Katyushas did the Iron Dome miss right here in Ashdod? Yet, rockets fell in parking lots in the middle of the city rather than on highrise condos, Heaven forbid. That was the power of Torah...
On Purim yesterday, we were required to drink wine until we can no longer differentiate between cursed Haman and blessed Mordechai.
Unfortunately, Israeli politics is now a Purim joke. Naftali, without drinking a drop, we can no longer differentiate between you and Yair Lapid. We have few expectations from Yair - the poor guy never tasted the sweetness of Torah. But you? And this is the chevruta (partner) you choose? And now, you too are sticking a knife in the world of Torah? Et tu, Naftali?
You could have been the individual that forced the IDF to be more sensitive to the needs of Haredi soldiers. You could have been the one who tripled the size of the Nahal Haredi and the IAF programs for Haredi hi-tech specialists. You could have been the one to make sure that a soldier doesn't get kicked out of officer's school for refusing to listen to women singing, or other ridiculous anti-religious excuses. You could also have been the hero that puts an end to the deligitimization of the holy Yeshivot and those who truly learn Torah.
Don't ruin your opportunity of a lifetime, Naftali.

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At 3:55 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Does this man think that "protection" was withheld from the three (plus baby) killed in the apartment building? Having grown up in a military family, with a wide range of mishaps, deaths, and amazing escapes occurring among people we knew... the Torah gives a solid view and, for me, removed an enormous anxiety on how the world works:

"He will guard your soul." And it doesn't say He will pick and choose who...


He will guard your soul, not your apartment building or your car on the road with drunk drivers. Your soul. No strings attached. Such a breath of relief.


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