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.
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...
Purim yesterday, we were required to drink wine until we can no longer
differentiate between cursed Haman and blessed Mordechai.
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?
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.
Labels: Haredim, IDF, Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid party