Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Beyond Words"
Selected Writings of Rabbi Meir Kahane,
Volume 5 – 1985-1988

“Beyond Words” is a newly published 7- volume collection of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s writings in The Jewish Press, in other serial publications, and in his privately-published works.  
“Beyond Words” was compiled by David Fein, with introductions by Rabbi Baruch Kahane and Herbert B. Sunshine.
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There Is No More Tal

“Harei va’Gilboa, al tal v’al matar aleichem…”
“Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew (tal) nor rain upon you.”
 (Samuel II 1:21)

It was the aftermath of the terrible tragedy that saw the Philistines massacre the Jewish armies of Saul.  And David, hearing of the death of the first Jewish king, of his son Jonathan, and of the thousands of Jews, on the mountains of Gilboa, wrote a song of lament for the victims of the Philistines.  “How are the mighty fallen!”  And he cursed the place where they fell, the mountains of  Gilboa, crying: “Let there be no tal, no dew upon you.”

Some 3,000 years later, not more than a 40-minute ride from Gilboa, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the car of the Moses family, driving through Samaria.  The mother, Ofra, was burned alive.  She died on the spot, carrying an unborn child in her womb.  The youngest of three children, Tal was terribly burned.  He died two months later.  And once again, the Jew writes a song of lament for a victim of enemies of the Jew.  Yesterday, the Philistines.  Today, the Palestinians.  Yesterday, Gilboa was cursed with no tal, no dew.  Today, the Jewish people lost its Tal.  Tal Moses, aged five.

I sat in the home of the grandmother, Ofra’s mother, on Rehov Stern, in Jerusalem.  There, the family was sitting  shiva, for the second time in two months.  Next to me sat the father, his scars visible, though bearable.  But opposite me sat Adi, a girl of eight, her face and body horribly disfigured by the flames of the Palestinian.  And as she hobbled away into the kitchen, bent as an old women, her father said, in a matter- of-fact voice that was all the more terrible for its calmness: “Look, they made her an invalid for life.”

Living in Israel, one can become a veteran of Jewish tragedy.  Shiva, shloshim, memorials, eulogies.  At every graveside a Cabinet minister lies to the angry mourners with heartfelt pathos: “Those that did this terrible thing will pay.”  “The Government of Israel will do all in its power to capture the criminals and insure that it will never happen again.”  Liars, hypocrites, frauds.  The government of Israel through its policy is responsible for its happening.  The government of Israel guarantees that it will happen again.   

Ofra Moses, Tal Moses, Rami Chaba, a child of eight, whose head and face were smashed by a Palestinian and when his body was found, there was no face left.  Jalil Jarusee of Netivot, sitting in this automobile in Gaza when a Palestinian shot him dead, in cold blood.  They are only the latest in a long list of Jews murdered by the Palestinians who are protesting against the “occupation” (as Jewish liberals, New Jewish Agenda, Balfour Bricklner, Moment magazine, and an entire array of diseased Semites could call it).

How did Chaim Bar-Lev (today, Labor Party Minister of Police) put it, after the murder by Palestinians of six young Jews in Hebron?  “Had they not been there, they would not have been killed.”  The logic, I admit, is impeccable.  However, I prefer the reverse side of the coin:

“Had the Arabs not been there, the Jews would not have been killed either.”

And so, the Jewish response to murder of Jews, the Jewish response to all the future murders of Jews now being planned by Palestinians is clear: The Arabs will not be there. For if they remain, another Tal will be murdered and another mother of Tal, Ofra.  And another Rami and another Jalil – and that, I pledge, will not be, please G-d.  Not for me is the  “rachamanut shel tipshim”  (Rabman, Deuteronomy 7:18) – the mercy of fools of the disturbed Jewish liberals and Left.  The Rabbis, who understood the Divine halacha, laid it down in the form of the injunction “If one comes to slay you, slay him first” (Sanhedrin 74).  At the very least, let Jewish moderates declare: “If one comes to slay you, throw him out first.”  They must go.  Please
G-d, they will.
July, 1987

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