ELIANA BENADOR: ISRAEL IMPERILED? THINK TWICE. THINK GOD
Time and again, doomsayers foresee disaster for Israel. Only because they forget our most important ally, on which we depend beyond belief: GOD.
The Creator of the Universe had already in mind, Israel and the Jews, shortly after He created the universe.
That’s how we have survived beyond time and space, beyond threats and attacks, beyond ill-will, untold hate and all the wishes of evil naysayers calling for the destruction of Israel, the home of the Jews and calls for the elimination of Jews wherever we are.
Jews have been wanderers for millennia until in 1948 when by the Will of God some godless Jews of all people, decided to move to Sion, where God established Eretz Yisroel, the Land of Israel.
The King of Kings made sure to give precise borders.
And, with it, He also gave us His Promise, which He has unwaveringly held:
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Bereshit/Genesis 12:3.
Bereshit or Genesis for the outer world, is the first chapter of the Torah.
Bereshit means “In the beginning…”
It shows how important are both, the Land of Israel and those He calls His Chosen Children, the Jews.
Now, many ask, why the Jews?
God tried asking which people would adopt His Torah, and many were reluctant.
Only the Jews accepted. But, when the time came for the commitment, they also were hesitant.
Then God had to “inspire” them to accept under the pressure of a mountain that the Almighty placed on top of their heads.
So, in the end it was He who chose them, as you can gather.
But, why the Jews?
Maybe the explanation comes from the most unexpected source.
“Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortifications of a false vision known as conscience and morality, and from the demands of a freedom and personal independence which only a very few can bear.”
Those words come from none other than Adolf Hitler, as recorded in the book Hitler Speaks by Hermann Rauschning (page 222.)
Hitler alludes there to the constraining status of Judaism, with its endless commandments, laws, stipulations and conditions.
True, it is not so easy, but many Jews choose to obey God’s Orders and try to live up to His Expectations.
Prayers almost the entire day. We pray three times in the day. Then we bless God for our food every time we eat, we also give Him Thanks not only for the food but for the rain, for saving us from danger, and before going on a trip. We also acknowledge Him for giving us back our soul every morning as we wake up. In the night, we also pray to Him just before falling asleep.
Also we are told how to dress, the fabrics to use and not to mix, ruling modesty for Jewish women, tefilin and talisim for men, Kosher food and much more.
It is truly a way of life.
It is very demanding to be an obedient observant Jew and as we are humans, sometimes we fail. But then we go back at it again.
Many Jews go astray because of so many demands.
And, you have the others that pick and choose what they like, want or can bear from the Torah.
And, so, the free-spirits, inside and outside Judaism cannot live with these kinds of constant demands.
But some of us want to do it and choose to go the path.
We do that because we believe. We believe in God.
Why? Because we see His Hand, His Miracles everywhere. It is undeniable how He is present in our lives yet so many are unaware of it.
The tests we go through, are there to train, they are our religious fitness to strengthen us if we choose to take it in that sense.
One thing is sure, Tests are there to make us stronger. Not the other way around.
In this light, yesterday’s article “Israel’s Paradox: Powerful yet imperiled,” by Rabbi David Wolpe, published by Time magazine, deserves our attention.
Rabbi Wolpe is not an Orthodox Jew, he is actually the rabbi at Sinai Temple, a conservative group in Los Angeles.
He may have been named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine in 2012 and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, but the authority of his statements is questionable to say the least.
While his premise “Strength alone is not a guarantee of safety,” is right, the explanation he presents thereafter is fallacious.
Rabbi Wolpe’s strength alone means exactly that. Physical, material strength.
Sure if you compare Israel to the growing population of the palestinians or to Iran, it is a tiny spot.
But when has it been a question of size with Israel?
For millennia Israel and the Jews have faced the most formidable enemies and won hands down.
In instances like the Holocaust Jewish casualties have been humongous and we are compelled to ask ourselves why did it happen, what were we doing wrong? What is the lesson? And more.
On a side not though, note that assimilated Jews were slaughtered but also observant ones were, by the nazis.
In all, absolutely everything is God’s Will.
For us Jews, the strength comes from Him.
If we fail Him, we know we will pay, maybe not in this lifetime, then it will be in another one.
We shall always remember how God sent the flood after a period of intense moral debauchery at the time of Noah.
While He saved Noah and his family, God did not and has never saved us from temptation because we must learn to overcome it.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed…” Devarim/Deutoronomy 30:19
Noah placed his load in the arch, but with them also went some seed of evil.
That has happened time and again.
God saves mankind but He also sends a seed of evil making sure man will have to go through tests and hoping generations later the lesson has been absorbed.
But those lessons have not been learned, as we can see.
As for Israel and the Jews, God has infinite love for His People and the Land He gave to them.
Sadly, Israel is harbouring abominations particularly condemned by and thus challenging God.
As God decides everything, it means that He has allowed the Iran deal to survive until this stage.
Should that prevail, we could probably see in it, His Message for His Chosen Children and also for the world.
For, what is Iran compared to God The Creator of the Universe? Dust. Simply dust.
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