Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Shechem Massacre Binyamin Kahane

Kahane on the Parsha
Rabbi Binyamin Kahane- Parshat VaYechi
THE SHECHEM MASSACRE
Jacob's curse of Shimon and Levi in our parsha raises the perennial question: Were they correct in wiping out Shechem's male population or not?
One who reads Parshat VaYechi can easily reach the conclusion that the question is answered by Jacob when he says, "Cursed be their anger for it is fierce..." (Genesis 49:7). These words refer to the massacre of Shechem, and they certainly seem to put the deed in a negative light. Indeed, this is how many love to interpret Jacob's curse, condemning Shimon and Levi for their actions in Shechem.
But numerous observations challenge this simplistic understanding. First, whoever reads Parshat VaYishlach will notice that the Torah concludes the story with Shimon and Levi having the upper hand. For in response to Jacob's argument- "You have brought trouble on me to make odious among the inhabitants of the land"- Shimon and Levi promptly answer, "Shall he make of our sister a harlot?" And thus the story ends, without a peep from Jacob, with the brothers clearly putting the matter to rest.
More than that, pay attention to the argument of Jacob. He does not censure them for MORAL reasons. He does not criticize them for wiping out an entire city unjustly. NO! This is NOT his argument. His is a PRACTICAL one- that all the surrounding nations will attack him now.
And if the reader is not yet convinced, know what it says in the Midrash (Bamidbar Rabba 2:7) - that on the flag of Shimon was nothing other than an illustration of the city of Shechem! Now ask yourself: Would Shimon place an illustration of something on his flag that recalled a sin? Clearly, then, the act of Shimon and Levi was proper.
And the fact is, none of the Jewish commentators condemn the act. The Rambam, for one, explains that Shimon and Levi were justified because the people of Shechem did not put Shechem ben Chamor on trial for raping Dina, making them liable to death under the 7 Noahide laws. The Maharal disagrees, arguing that one can't expect a people to put their prince, whom they fear, on trial. He therefore suggests that the Children of Israel behaved as is customary in all wars, exacting collective punishment.
If Shimon and Levi acted properly, though, why does Jacob curse them in Parshat VaYechi?
The answer lies in their motive. Jacob realized that their impulse in wiping out Shechem wasn't entirely pure. When did Jacob conclude this? When it became clear that the major culprits in the selling of Joseph were the very same Shimon and Levi, as the Rabbis tell us (Tanchuma, VaYechi 9).
In other words, the brothers' plot to kill Joseph- headed by Shimon and Levi- shed light on their actions in Shechem. It indicated that their deed was not purely l'sheim shamayim but, rather, stemmed in part from anger. And so Jacob cursed "their anger for it is fierce." Jacob did not curse THEM, but rather their ANGER.
Interestingly enough, we find that the tribe of Levi took Jacob's curse to heart and improved itself. The tribe continued acting zealously- it was the Levites who slew their brethren for the sin of the Golden Calf and it was Pinchas who stood up for G-d's honor by killing Zimri- but the motivation was now purely l'sheim shamayim. Levi's zealotry was no longer tainted by anger.
The tribe of Shimon, in contrast, never succeeded in purifying itself. Whom did Pinchas kill? Zimri, from the tribe of Shimon- a Jewish leader who brazenly and impetuously committed the same type of sin for which his ancestor once wiped out an entire city.
Darka Shel Torah, 1992
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

I Am Not Ashamed - 1989



Kahane on the Parsha

I Am Not Ashamed

I am not ashamed to admit it.  I am afraid.  I am afraid that my people and my state are marching inexorably to a horror that can best be unimagined.  And I am afraid, for the first time, that we are in the hands of people so blind and so mad and so un-Jewish that we may not be able, G-d forbid, to avert the catastrophe.

Last week I was at the Western Wall.  It was the Friday, after the Friday when the Moslems, standing on the Temple Mount – our Temple Mount – hurled rocks and stones on the Jews praying below.  It was the Friday after the Friday when Jews, in the sovereign State of Israel, praying at the remains of the Holy Temple, fled in panic from the Moslems who cried “Allahu akbbar!” It was the Friday after the Friday in which Jews in the State of Israel fled in panic from Moslems who proclaimed their dream of destroying the Jewish state.

I was at the Wall on the Friday after the Friday.  No less than 3,000(!) security forces were there to protect the Jews in their own state from Moslems who once so trembled before the Jew.  Three thousand(!) security forces to protect Jews – who were so frightened that they stayed away in droves.  The proud State of Israel….

I am afraid.  I am afraid that the Jews of insanity who run this land will destroy us, even as all the impossible Herut fools in the United States continue to write columns attacking the PLO.

 I am afraid.  Last week, I was at the Hebron Jewish cemetery.  I saw the swastikas and the Arab graffiti of hate on the walls.  I saw the desecrated tombstones.  I watched as the Jews held a memorial service.

A memorial service!  They murder us and they desecrate us and we react with memorial services!

That day a rock smashed through the car window of a Jew traveling in Bethlehem, injuring him in the temple, cheek, and shoulder.  That day, 600 apple and 50 olive trees were destroyed along with tens of thousands of commercial flowers at the settlement of Nvei Michael.  But, I return to the cemetery.

How many people, how many Jews, in the world heard of the Hebron cemetery outrage?  No matter.  How should they have heard of it when the prime minister of Israel, the president of Israel, in its Knesset, and its governmental leaders did not find it necessary to shout their indignation.

A week of Chaillul Hashem, of desecration.  And the men who run this State of Disorder sit by, hapless and impotent, silent partners to desecration.  And I know that the Almighty’s
rage will lash out at us for allowing His Name to be defiled.  I am afraid for much more.
Last week I watched as the insanity spread and reached new heights.  The Border Police, the elite security forces, were sent to make arrests in the murderous village of Nahalin.  They were attacked by hundreds of stone-throwing, Molotov cocktail-throwing Arabs.  The Border Police, under a murderous barrage, fired and killed four Arabs.  Only four Arabs.  The Arabs shrieked in protest; the pathologically sick leftists joined them and demanded an “investigation”, the army command, led by two kibbutz members, chief of Staff Don Shomron and Central Command OC Amram Mitzna, so ordered.  The Border Police were accused of “overreacting” and “indiscriminate shooting,” and two of their officers were suspended from duty.

I am afraid. Yesterday they destroyed the army with their insane orders that gobbled the troops, causing them to fear to deal with the Arabs as normal soldier should.  Today, the take the best of the security forces, the Border Police, and destroy them, too.  And they must be stopped before they destroy the Jewish state – and the Jew.

They protest over Nahalin?  They investigate attacks on Nahalin?  Do you know what Nahalin is?  Do you know who the Arabs of Nahalin are?  Of course not, so read.  And learn.  And grow angry and bitter – and do something.

In 1948, the villagers of Nahalin participated in the massacre of 35 Jewish students coming to the rescue of Kfar Etzion.  They murdered them in cold blood.  In 1954, two Jews were murdered by Nahalin villagers leading to a reprisal raid on the village by Israel.  At that time, the UN condemned the Jews.  Today, the Jews do.

When Israel liberated the land in 1967, the normal, sane thing to have done would have been to drive the scum out.  But we are not normal.  We are not sane.  We allowed them to remain along with all the rest of them – the murderous Ishmalites who cannot live with Jews or themselves (and let us raise a toast to gloriously peaceful Beirut).  And now we investigate and condemn our Border Police for having “fired indiscriminately” on the village that murdered Jews yesterday, that dreams of murdering them tomorrow, and that attacked the Border Police with hate and rocks and firebombs in their hands.

We are insane.  We are in the hands of leaders who are insane and who march us down the road to horror and destruction.  I am afraid.

I am afraid of a government that, instead of supporting the men whom they send into war (and this is a war!); instead of giving them accolades and medals for killing the Arab enemy (and they are the enemy – all of them) – investigates them, censures them, disciplines them.  Insanity. And I am afraid.

I am afraid.  Last week I watched as the police indicted Rabbi Moshe Levinger for doing that which any normal human being would.  Driving in the heart of Hebron, a nest of snakes and scorpions, a city of Arabs with Jewish blood on their hands from 1929 – his car was attacked and a stone smashed its window.   He ran out shooting at the Jew-haters and killed one.  A pity.  One.  He was indicted and I am afraid.  For I fear that we may be lost.

I see the leftists who control the state news media even as the pathetic Shamir government does nothing. I see that daily barrage of the state-sponsored self-hate and self-destruction aimed at destroying the morale of the security forces, while the tiny people who run this tiny government sit impotent.  I see the defeatists who run the Likud-controlled Ministry of Justice indicting Jews who were attacked, even as the army does the same to its soldiers, and the government of Shamir sits in its perpetual transcendental silence.  I watch Shamir and his Likud sell out Israel through the kind of deception we learned from Begin.  He prepares elections that will seal the sovereignty of the “Palestinians” over the land, as it leads to the autonomy of Camp David that will whet the Arab appetite and increase the Jewish dementia and result in a “Palestinian” state that will be a dagger in Israel’s heart.

I see all this and know that if we are to save the Jewish state and its three-and-a-half million Jews from terrible horrors, we must rise up and demand a fundamental change in the very system of government.  We must throw out those who destroy us from within, and keep them out.  I know that this present system of government that allows them to control our lives and lead us to destruction must be ended.  I know that elections must be limited only to those who understand that the Arabs are the deadly enemy of the Jewish state, who would bring on us a slow Auschwitz – not with gas, but with knives and hatchets.  I know that only groups which accept the following program should be allowed to run for office: 

To finish the Arab war against Israel with every means at our disposal and an end to the immoral and sick “pity” for them; to remove the Arabs from the land once and for all; to annex Judea-Samaria-Gaza and make them part of the Jewish state; to radically overhaul the bankrupt education of Israel by infusing our children with Judaism and true nationalism; and to cleanse Israel radio and television of the mad and dangerous leftists who, daily, destroy us from within.

I know that unless the people rise up and demand such a national referendum, to dissolve the Knesset and vote on such a program, we are lost.  And I am afraid.
Written in The Jewish Press 1989

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Down With Chanukah - 1972



Rabbi Meir Kahane Writings (5732-33) (1971-73)

Down with Chanukah
Written December 15, 1972

If I were a Reform rabbi; if I were a leader of the Establishment whose money and prestige have succeeded in capturing for him the leadership and voice of American Jewry; if I were one of the members of the Israeli Government’s ruling group; if I were an enlightened sophisticated, modern Jewish intellectual, I would climb the barricades and join in battle against the most dangerous of all Jewish holidays – Chanukah.

It is a measure of the total ignorance of the world Jewish community that there is no holiday that is more universally celebrated than the “Feast of Lights”, and it is an equal measure of the intellectual dishonesty and of Jewish leadership that it plays along with the lie.  For if ever there was a holiday that stands for everything that the mass of world Jewry and their leadership has rejected – it is this one.  If one would find an event that is truly rooted in everything that Jews of our times and their leaders have rejected and, indeed, attacked – it is this one.  If there is any holiday that is more “unJewish” in the sense of our modern beliefs and practices – I do not know of it.

The Chanukah that has erupted unto the world Jewish scene in all its childishness, asininity, shallowness, ignorance and fraud – is not the Chanukah of reality.  The Chanukah that came into vogue because of Jewish parents – in their vapidness – needed something to counteract Christmas; that exploded in a show of “we-can-have-lights-just-as-our-goyish-neighbors” and in an effort to reward our spoiled children with eight gifts instead of the poor Christian one; the Chanukah that the Temple, under its captive rabbi, turned into a school pageant so that the beaming parents might think that the Religious School is really successful instead of the tragic joke and waste that it really is; the Chanukah that speaks of Jewish Patrick Henrys giving-me-liberty-or death and the pictures of Maccabees as great liberal saviors who fought so that the kibbutzim might continue to be free to preach their Marx and eat their ham, that the split-level dwellers of suburbia might be allowed to violate their Sabbath in perfect freedom and the Reform and Conservative Temples continue the fight for civil rights for Blacks, Puerto Ricans and Jane Fonda, is not remotely connected with reality. 

This is NOT the Chanukah of our ancestors, of the generations of Jews of Eastern Europe and Yemen and Morocco and the crusades and Spain and Babylon.  It is surely not the Chanukah for which the Maccabees themselves died.  Truly, could those whom we honor so munificently, return and see what Chanukah has become, they might very well begin a second Maccabean revolt.  For the life that we Jews lead today was the very cause, the REAL reason for the revolt of the Jews “in those days in our times.”  

What happened in that era more than 2000 years ago?  What led a handful of Jews to rise up in violence against the enemy?  And precisely who WAS the enemy?  What were they fighting FOR and who were they fighting AGAINST?
           
For years, the people of Judea had been the vassals of Greece.  True independence as a state had been unknown for all those decades and, yet, the Jews did not rise up in revolt.  It was only when the Greek policy shifted from mere political control to one that attempted to suppress the Jewish religion that the revolt erupted in all its bloodiness.  It was not mere liberty that led to the Maccabean uprising that we so passionately applaud.  What we are really cheering is a brave group of Jews who fought and plunged Judea into a bloodbath for the right to observe the Sabbath, to follow the laws of kashruth, to obey the laws of the Torah.  IN A WORD EVERYTHING ABOUT CHANUKAH THAT WE COMMEMORATE AND TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO COMMEMORATE ARE THINGS WE CONSIDER TO BE OUTMODED, MEDIEVAL AND CHILDISH!
           
At best, then, those who fought and died for Chanukah were na├»ve and obscurantist.  Had we lived in those days we would certainly not have done what they did for everyone knows that the laws of the Torah are not really Divine but only the products of evolution and men (do not the Reform, Reconstructionist and large parts of the Conservative movements write this daily?)  Surely we would not have fought for that which we violate every day of our lives!  No, at best Chanukah emerges as a needless holiday if not a foolish one.  Poor Hannah and her seven children; poor Mattathias and Judah; poor well meaning chaps all but hopelessly backward and utterly unnecessary sacrifices.
           
But there is more.  Not only is Chanukah really a foolish and unnecessary holiday, it is also one that is dangerously fanatical and illiberal. The first act of rebellion, the first enemy who fell at the hands of the brave Jewish heroes whom our delightful children portray so cleverly in their Sunday and religious school pageants, was NOT a Greek.  He was a Jew.

When the enemy sent its troops into the town of Modin to set up an idol and demand its worship, it was a Jew who decided to exercise his freedom of pagan worship and who approached the altar to worship Zeus (after all, what business was it of anyone what this fellow worshipped?)  And it was this Jew, this apostate, this religious traitor who was struck down by the brave, glorious, courageous (are these not the words all our Sunday schools use to describe him?) Mattathias, as he shouted: “Whoever is for G-d, follow me!”  

What have we here?  What kind of religious intolerance and bigotry?  What kind of a man is this for the anti-religious of Hashomer Hatzair, the graceful temples of suburbia, the sophisticated intellectuals, the liberal open-minded Jews and all the drones who have wearied us unto death with the concept of Judaism as a humanistic, open-minded, undogmatic, liberal, universalistic (if not Marxist) religion, to honor?  What kind of nationalism is this for David-Ben-Gurion (he who rejects the Galut and speaks of the proud, free Jew of ancient Judea and Israel)?
And to crush us even more (we who know that Judaism is a faith of peace which deplores violence), what kind of Jews were these who reacted to oppression with FORCE?  Surely we who so properly have deplored Jewish violence as fascistic, immoral and (above all!) UN-JEWISH, stand in horror as we contemplate Jews who declined to picket the Syrian Greeks to death and who rejected quiet diplomacy for the sword, spear and arrow (had there been bombs in those days, who can tell what they might have done?) and “descended to the level of evil,” thus rejecting the ethical and moral concepts of Judaism.

Is this the kind of a holiday we wish to propagate?  Are these the kinds of men we want our moral and humanistic children to honor?  Is this the kind of Judaism that we wish to observe and pass on to our children?

Where shall we find the man of courage the one voice, in the wilderness to cry out against Chanukah and the Judaism that it represents-the Judaism of our grandparents and ancestors?  Where shall we find the man of honesty and integrity to attack the Judaism of Medievalism and outdated foolishness; the Judaism of bigotry that strikes down Jews who refuse to observe the law; the Judaism of violence that calls for Jewish force and might against the enemy?  When shall we find the courage to proudly eat our Chinese food and violate our Sabbaths and reject all the separateness, nationalism and religious maximalism that Chanukah so ignobly represents?  …Down with Chanukah!  It is a regressive holiday that merely symbolizes the Judaism that always was; the Judaism that was handed down to us from Sinai; the Judaism that made our ancestors ready to give their lives for the L-rd; the Judaism that young people instinctively know is true and great and real.  Such Judaism is dangerous for us and our leaders.  We must do all in our power to bury it.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Seal of the Almighty - 1986


On Jews and Judaism
1961-1990

The Seal of the Almighty
“The seal of the Almighty is truth.” (Shabbat 55a).
A few years ago, I was walking in Jerusalem when I saw an angry crowd shouting and condemning a speaker who was, himself, attacking Judaism and religion.  A I approached, I recognized the speaker as being the yetzer hara (the evil inclination himself!  Dressed as a member of the anti-religious Ratz party, he was haranguing Judaism and the crowd was replying with angry taunts. As I watched, the yetzer hara continued his futile efforts and then, after a while, gave up and slipped away.

Last week, I was walking in Jerusalem and saw a large crowd gathered around a speaker wearing a knitted yarmulka, a model of modern enlightened Orthodox, who was loudly condemning racism, fanaticism and extremism, and proudly extoling Judaism as calling for equality with Arabs, love of enemies and the paragon of democracy.  As I approached, I was startled to see that the speaker was none other than the same yetzer hara whom I had last seen ignominiously retreating before an angry crowd!  I waited until the end of the rally, that was not only greeted with warm applause, but was also attended by a whole host of dignitaries including rabbis from Gush Etzion and professors from Bar Ilan University, as well
as the President of Israel himself!  Then, I walked over to the yetzer hara and said:

“What are you doing here?  And what is this yarmulka?  And Torah teachings?”

The yetzer hara, who incidentally looked fat and exceedingly prosperous, beamed at me and replied:  My friend, did you ever see me get more applause than today?  I realized long ago that if you want to seduce the religious Jew the way is not to attack Judaism, but to pervert it.  I find that if I put on a yarmulka, praise Torah and then counterfeit what it says by making it sound palatable and all pleasant things to all men that is the surest way to destroy it.

Now, while all the above never really happened to me, there is not the slightest doubt that the essence of the story is true.  The destruction of Judaism, the greatest threat to it, never comes from those who oppose it, but from those on the inside who – for a myriad of objective and subjective reasons alike – pervert, corrupt and counterfeit it.

This Passover, a writer for the newspaper Maariv  in Israel wrote an article that is classic in its perversion of Torah.  His name is Avraham Tirosh; he is a member of Mafdal (the NRP-Mizrachi) and he is that ideal example of shatnez ( admixture) of Jew and western culture, whose background compels him not only to reject the bitter (for him) truth of Judaism’s concepts but also drives him to twist and pervert G-d’s law.  In Tirosh’s case, of course, there is a mitigating factor: He is an ignoramus. In the case of others, there is not even that as an excuse.
Tirosh- obsessed as are so many others of the Moderdox in Israel and the Exile- with the terribly painful issues raised by “Kahanism” – and desperate – for his own agonized reasons – to prove to all and to himself that Judaism is sheer love to all – writes a long column that is given prominent space by the editors of the secular paper (who are only too glad to believe that Judaism is not incompatible with all their gentilized Hellenism).  His basic theme is love of all people, even enemies; equality of all people, and the sin of rejoicing over the death of our enemies.  He begins, of course, with the usual partial quote of the Talmud (Megila 10) that when the angles sought to sing a song of praise as the Egyptians were drowning, G-d said: “The work of My hands is drowning in the sea and you want to sing?”

Says Tirosh:  All who are created in the image of G-d even the Egyptian are G-d’s works and thus we must relate to them.  When a disaster occurs to anyone, even if he is your enemy, even if he seeks to destroy you – do not sing praise.  Or, in the words of King Solomon (Proverbs 24:17): “When your enemy falls, do not rejoice, and when he stumbles, let your heart not be glad.”

And this “lesson” of loving your enemy, the Egyptian, who not only enslaved Jews and murdered them but was in the proves of pursuing them to destroy them (and thus, presumably, teaching us similar tolerance and morality for the PLO and Adolph Hitler) is underlined yet by another “lesson” by the scholar from Maariv:

“This is what the Torah commands us in Mishpatim (Shmot 23:4): ‘If you meet thine enemy’ ox or donkey gone astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him.’ “This lesson” is also clear.  Your “enemy” must be helped, we must be moral and ethical to the Arab, the PLO, those who hate us, those who are our “enemy.” Not only should we not rejoice in their death or disaster; we should not cause it.  If Tirosh, suffering from his own psychological problem, would sit quietly in his own little world, his own corner, creating his own private perversion, it would not be cause for concern.  But Tirosh, as so many other Moderdox is driven not only to sin but to pervert others, to cause them to sin.  And, worse, how many Tiroshes there are in the marketplace!  And not all are ignoramuses; indeed, some are learned, hence, far more guilty, far more dangerous.  Let us, therefore, destroy the absurd and dangerous article as a step to destroying the absurd and false neo-Toraism, Moderdoxism, that perverts and counterfeits the word of G-d.

As always, the Tiroshes of the world selectively and very partially quote the Talmud.  The selection he brings down really begins with R. Yehoshua ben Levi starting his lecture on Megilat Esther with the verse: “as the L-rd rejoiced over you (“sas”) to do you good, so the L-rd will rejoice over you (yasis”) to cause you to perish.” (Dvarim 28:63).  And the Talmud asks: Does the Almighty then rejoice over the fall of the wicked?  And to prove that He does not rejoice, the story of the angels asking to sing praise is brought.  And this is where Tirosh (either the ignoramus or the knave) stops.  But there is more.  The Talmud continues and answers as follows:

“Rabbi Elazar said:  It is true that HE does not rejoice but He causes others to rejoice.”

Ah, what a difference.  And a clear answer to the obvious question:   If G-d does not want us to rejoice and praise Him when our enemy falls, why in the world does it say: “Then sang Moses and the Children of Israel this song unto the L-rd…”? (Shmot 15).  And a clear answer to why the rabbis say (Mchilta, B’shalach, 11):  “The L-rd shall perform for you miracles and glories and you will stand there and do nothing?  Said Israel unto Moses:  what are we to do?  Said he unto them:  You will glorify and praise and give song and glory and greatness to the One to whom wars belong.”

Of course the Almighty, the totality of compassion, the Father of all, grieves for His children – all of them.  HE does not sing.  His angels, who are not of this world, do not sing.  But, the Jews do.  Not only are they allowed to, they are commanded to.  For the very same reason that the very same Almighty who does not sing, does destroy the work of His hands because they are evil.

Yes, of course He grieves.  He grieves that those who were made in His Image have so perverted and destroyed the greatness of that Image.  That those who were made in their image of good were so evil.  And so, He grieves.  He grieves for the perversion of His purpose in making the world, for His works who have so gone astray. And in His grief, He does not have pity.  He destroys them.  He knows that evil and He cannot share the same world, as our rabbis say: “As long as the wicked rule the world, the Holy One, Blessed be He, so to speak, cannot sit on His throne.”  (Yaklut, Tehilim Chapter 47).

And so, because the arrogance of the enemy of the Jewish people, their brazen persecution of the people of G-d with no fear of G-d is the very essence of Hillul Hashem, the Almighty in wrath destroys them and the Children of Israel must sing and glorify G-d.  And thus do the rabbis declare (Shmot Raba 23): “‘Then did Moses and the Children of Israel sing,’ this is what is meant by the verse (Psalms 9:17): ‘The L-rd is known by the judgment He executes.’ This speaks of Egypt whom G-d smote by the Red Sea.”  And Shmot Raba 23: “’Then did Moses and the Children of Israel sing.’ This is the meaning of the verse (Psalms 93:2):  Your throne was firm from then.’  Even though You exist from time immemorial, Your throne was not made firm and You were not made known in the world until your children sang.  When You stood at the sea and we sang before You, with that, “Az” (then) was Your kingdom and throne made firm.”

This is the essence of Judaism – a world made for good and that cannot abide evil.  A world that, when the works of G-d’s hand pervert His purpose and when the wicked rules and mocks G-d – as Pharaoh declaring:  “Who is the L-rd, I know not the L-rd,” the Almighty destroys them, no matter how sad He feels and the Jew is ordered to sing the song of the Red Sea not only on Passover but each and every day of the year in his morning service!

And that is why King David sings (Psalms 58:11):  “Let the righteous rejoice when he seeth vengeance, he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.” Why?  Because only when we see the wicked punished, only when we see vengeance for their sins, do we have proof that G-d really does exist and rules.  And David continues by saying: “And men shall say: Verily there is a reward for the righteous; truly there is a G-d that judgeth in the earth.”

And that is why the rabbis tell us that “Moses yearned to see vengeance against the Midianites.”  Moses. Yearned.  To see vengeance on the wicked.  What shall we do with the fanatic Moses…

The incredible perversion of Judaism by confused and guilt-ridden Moderdox, ignoramuses and learned alike!  Our rabbis tell us (Midrash Avkir): ‘And Israel saw the great hand of G-d’ – When the Almighty wished to drown the Egyptians?  At that moment Gabriel rose and took a brick and said: Sovereign of the Universe!  These who enslaved your children such a terrible slavery as this, shall You have mercy on them?  Immediately, the Almighty drowned them.”

And allow me to introduce two other Talmudic sayings:  “That generation was one of tiny faith, saying:  Just as we rose from the sea on this side, perhaps the Egyptians rose from the other side.  The Almighty ordered that the bodies be washed up and Israel saw them”  (Psachim 118b)  And Midrash Tehillim 22:1 adds: “Each Jew took his dog and put his foot on the throat of a dead Egyptian and said to his dog:  Eat of the hand that enslaved me; eat of the heart that showed me no pit.”  Poor Tirosh.  Poor Moderdox.

As for the tiresome perversion of the verse “when your enemy falls do not rejoice,” it is time that Tirosh went beyond a Biblical verse and learned that G-d gave us an Oral Law, a Talmud that explains verses.  Let him open the Talmud (Megila 16a) which tells of Mordechai kicking Haman as the latter bent over to help him climb on the horse.  Haman, too, in a startling echo of Tirosh, wails: “Does it not say in your Torah, when your enemy falls, etc.?  And Mordechai answers Haman and Tirosh:  “That speaks about a Jew (an enemy who is a Jew) but with you it declares, ‘And you shall trod on their high places.’  (Dvarim 33:29)” Haman heard the worlds of Judaism; Tirosh, not yet.

And the ignorance knows no bounds, the pity being that some Jews stand before the entire country and expose their nakedness with shouts of triumph.  “Thine enemy’s ox or donkey.”  This, in the narrow, empty head of an ignorant Moderdox, proves how much we have pity even on our enemy.

The Talmud (Bava Metzia 32b), aside from making it clear that, at best, the reason for the law is tzaar baalei chaim (suffering of the animal and not pity on the enemy), makes it as clear as is humanly possible that “The  ‘enemy’ that is mentioned here is a Jew who is your enemy and not a gentile.”  And Maimonides, the idol of the great progressives, says (Hilchot Rotzeach 13:14):  “The ‘enemy’ mentioned in the Torah is a Jew and not one of the nations of the world.”

I really could go on and on and on, but the lesson is clear.  Tirosh is the lesson of Passover and of every day of the year.  Tirosh and the Moderdox, puffed up by their own personal and egotistical refusal to accept Torah concepts and destroy their own gentilized and westernized ones, deliberately pervert and counterfeit Torah.

The seal of the Almighty is truth and only that truth will emerge from His lips and His teachings. 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

But, It Is My Ox - 1990



RABBI MEIR KAHANE
ON JEWS AND JUDIASM

But It Is MY Ox!
January 19, 1990 - 22 Teveth 5750


{Today, the Muslims are the worlds ox. Now that makes a difference to them bg}
Once upon a time, there was a man who owned several beautiful oxen. They were strong and well-mannered and just a delight. He had a neighbor, however, who was a bad man and very jealous of the beautiful oxen, because the bad man’s oxen were ugly and ill-tempered. And the jealousy of the bad man gave him no rest, so that one day he deliberately let his ill-tempered oxen into the field where the beautiful oxen were grazing and they gored one of them, killing it. The owner of the dead ox was angry at this terrible and deliberate outrage that, in the middle of the night, he entered the field where the ill-tempered oxen were and killed one of them.

The neighboring villagers and cattle people were very moral and ethical people and they were aghast at the man who had taken revenge on the ill-tempered ox and its bad owner. Their leader, Mr. Morality, was especially indignant. “What you did was very immoral,” he told the poor man. “You cannot sink to his level. And you cannot enter someone else’s field even if there is a dangerous ox there. You cannot take the law into your own hands.”

In vain did the poor fellow protest that someone had to teach the bad fellow a lesson and that unless that were done, he would do it again. Nothing helped. Mr. Morality was adamantly ethical: “You do not take the law into your own hands; you do not enter other people’s property; you do not sink to his level.” And with that, Mr. Morality and his merry band of ethical cattlemen walked off, heads high and breasts filled with a sweet sense of righteousness.

The poor man was so beaten that he could not bear the thought of continuing as before. He was so depressed that he decided to sell the rest of his beautiful oxen to anyone who would buy them. To be sure, there was no lack of buyers and, in the end, it was Mr. Morality himself who offered the highest price. Beaming, he took possession of the beautiful, quiet, well-mannered and delightful oxen.

But the change in ownership had not changed the way the bad man felt. Every time he would see the beautiful oxen, he was blinded by jealousy and envy. And so, one night, when he could no longer contain his jealousy, he sent his ugly and ill-tempered oxen into the field of Mr. Morality and they again killed one of the beautiful oxen.

When Mr. Morality heard of what had happened, his anger knew no bounds. And without a second thought, he took a number of his merry ethical friends, entered the field of the bad man and killed not one, but two of his oxen.

When the original owner of the oxen heard of this, he hurried over to Mr. Morality. “I do not understand. What did you do? When I did the same thing, you told me that one does not take the law into one’s own hands; one does not enter other people’s fields and one does not sink to their level. What happened now?”

Mr. Morality looked with pity on the poor, uncomprehending man. “I see that you really don’t understand, poor fellow. Let me explain. There is a difference between you going into his field and my going into his field. In your case, you really should not have done such a thing. In this case, it was my ox…”

I wallow in glee over events in Panama and Romania. O, Panama! O, Romania! I watch as the United States troops go into someone else’s field, invade a foreign country with 25,000 troops, shoot up its capital city, kill some 70 Panamanians, and install their own government.

And then I remember Israel’s invasion of Lebanon after years of attacks on Jewish towns from that country; after scores of Jews were murdered by attacks launched from that land; after life was made a living hell for the Jews of Kiryat Shmona, one third of whom fled the city. And I remember Israeli troops reaching Beirut and installing their Lebanese as President in order to put an end to murder and attacks upon Jews.

And I remember Messrs. Morality! ALL of them! President Reagan, Vice-President Bush, the State Department, the Defense Department and all the merry, ethical Americans (and British and French and, and, and, ad infinitum. Ad nauseum). How they condemned and how they railed and how they moralized and how they ethicalized! Merrily. “You do not sink to the level of the PLO. You do not enter someone else’s field (land). You do not take the law into your own hands.” Messrs. Morality, Post Office Box One Million, Washington, DC.

And so now there is Panama. And should any simple-minded type ask President Morality, High-minded Bush of morality, why he did everything he told Israel it should not do – he would give a sympathetic nod to the poor simpleton who really does not understand, and the answer would be: But it is my ox…
I remember Israeli troops entering the field of Lebanon to capture a Moslem Sheikh who was leader of a group of Moslem Shiite thugs holding Israelis as hostages; and President Morality and his merry ethical State Department cattlemen with their shouts of condemnation! And now I see the same moralists invading the field of Panama to try and catch a thug named Noriega because he deals in drugs that harm Americans and because he tweaks America’s nose. And I finally understand the difference and can even hear President Morality say it: But it is my ox…
And I remember the outcry by all the Democrats and anti-Racist equality types demanding that William Nakash be extradited from Israel to France and rising up in righteous indignation over the thought that just because someone is a Jew, he should not be extradited. After all, all human beings are equal and being Jewish is no reason to refuse to hand him over to strangers. And what would the world say to any such tribalism! And then I read that under Panamanian, law, a Panamanian cannot be extradited to a foreign county and I understand the difference: But it is my ox…

I watch as, in Romania, the dictator is captured and he and his wife are shot in secret trial, with summary justice dealt out within less than two days and no appeal allowed. And I know that Israel did not give the death penalty to any murdering terrorists and goes through elaborate procedures of “justice” in order that terrorists sit and eat and drink at our expense until they are exchanged for hostages. And I know what the outcry from Romania and other ethical nations would be if Israel would do to murdering terrorists what Romania did to its former President. But I have already learned the difference; THIS IS MY OX…

And having said all that, I do not – as so many professors and intellectual doers on the right – merely weep, complain and wring my soul. I have no intention of wasting a precious few moments of my finite life in the House of Eternal Kvetching, in which so many of the right-wing spend their lives. The lesson for me in this morality lesson of Whose Ox is gored? Is not that there are hypocrites in this world. Boker Tov! Good morning! There are hypocrites in the world! Surprise…
For me, the only lesson here is that there is, indeed, a difference. Not the one that the moralists of hypocrisy give, but the objective and eternally true one of divine Torah Law. There is a difference, the one that cannot be grasped unless one has knowledge and sense. In the words of the rabbis, “Im ein da’at havdala minayin?” “If one has no knowledge, how can he differentiate?”

The lesson is that there is objective good and objective evil, objective truth and objective falsehood, and the same action taken against the one is good while the same act done against the other is wrong and evil. Yes, it is good and right and a mitzvah to go into Panama to eliminate the slime named Noriega and yes, how much more so was it right and a mitzvah to enter Lebanon and eliminate the PLO and other Moslem terrorist swine. And yes, it was wrong and evil for the Russians to do exactly the same in Afghanistan and for the Chinese to invade Tibet. Yes, the German bombing of Coventry and London is not the same as the Allied bombing of German cities and yes, the hanging of evil criminals is good and that of decent people, bad, and anyone who does not understand this havdala, differentiation, needs a good grounding in knowledge. Divine knowledge. Torah knowledge.
Until then, at the very least, let the Jew learn the simple message of normal gentiles who – when their basic interests are threatened – do not hesitate to enter strange fields and to kill evil oxen. It is time the Jew learned there is nothing for which to apologize or retreat when his people are killed and his interest threatened. It is time that he learned to tell President Morality and any other merry ethical type: “But it is my ox and no one touches it; understand?”

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